North Carolina-Cherokee County-March 9


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-March 9

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

If you travel as far west as possible in North Carolina you will find yourself in Cherokee County. It’s county seat is Murphy. People from North Carolina often use the phrase from “Murphy to Manteo” is a phrase often used in reference to the entire east-west width of North Carolina, particularly when describing a phenomenon that touches all regions of the state.

Map of North Carolina is below with Cherokee County outlined in red.


Cherokee County was formed in 1839 from a part of Macon County, and is North Carolina’s western most county, bordered by the states of Tennessee and Georgia, and located in the southern tip of the Great Smokey Mountains. Cherokee County was named to honor the Cherokee Indians who inhabited this area before being removed and relocated to Oklahoma in 1838. Those who escaped removal to Oklahoma now live on the Cherokee Indian reservation in Cherokee, N.C.

Cherokee NC is actually in parts of Jackson and Swain Counties.

cherokee reservation

Cherokee County has a historical museum, displaying over 2000 authentic Indian artifacts discovered in Cherokee County (The museum is located next door to the Courthouse).

Photo below of museum.

museum cherokee

Cherokee County is comprised of two towns; the town of Andrews, and the town of Murphy. Murphy is the County Seat for Cherokee County, and was named after Archibald D. Murphy, who was a Senator and advocate for education in Western North Carolina.

Cherokee Courthouse in Murphy on left -Andrews NC on the right.



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