Have A Blast In Uncle Toms Cabin

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Tucked in and amongst the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina are the towns of  Bryson City and Murphy. Aside from the fact that both of these cities are based near rivers and streams with a lot of places for whitewater rafting, you will find dozens of attractions, museums, places of historic interest, hiking trails and more all in a day’s drive. Whether you decide on one of the many mountain cabins for rent in the area or you choose to stay in one of the areas fine inns, you will find each of these communities a fantastic place to make a temporary home during your Great Smoky Mountain vacation.

The region has been home to different groups of humans since the last Ice Age. A populace known as the Ani-Kitu-Hwagi, whose inhabitance dates back to that of the Cherokee by at least 500 years, founded the nearby village of Kituwa around the year 1000 AD. Ultimately, these natives were overrun and eventually assimilated by the Cherokee and Catawba Indians. The village was burned by the English around 1760, but until their territory was taken over by the U.S. government some sixty years later, the Cherokee continued to use the site for ceremonies. In 1996, the Cherokee Nation’s Eastern Band reclaimed the territory and consider the site sacred.

Those who are interested in the history and culture of the Cherokee should make it a point to see the Cherokee Heritage Museum and Gallery in the neighboring town of the same name.  Admission is only $2.50 and less for kids age 10 and under.  Living American Indian history can be experienced at the Oconaluftee Indian Village where re-enactors who are also members of the Cherokee Nation reconstruct the daily life of their people as it was 250 years ago.

More history of a different form can be seen in the areas main city of Asheville.  The 250 room Vanderbilt Mansion is preserved as it was in 1900 and contains a rich assortment of sculptures and paintings as well as a number of restaurants and a winery.

Of course, as lyricist Lorenz Hart wrote back in the 1920s, being “in our mountain greenery where God makes the scenery” may be more to your liking. “Two crazy people in love” can discover a lot of romantic getaways in the vicinity and explore it all from a rustic cabin rental available near spectacular state parks like Chimney Rock. This amazingly picturesque area is where the modern film Last of The Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis was filmed, and features waterfalls, miles of hiking trails and vistas of up to 75 miles as well as trips and group activities.

The devout may wish to see such local sights as the Fields of the Wood which is a biblically themed park owned and operated by the Church of God of Prophecy.  This is simply a small example of activities this section of North Carolina has to suggest to the traveler, so plan your trip now.


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