“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot

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Cherokee, NC – Have we got a treat for you this time! Listen up, everyone: have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into a place that still nurtures the old ways? To be part of a community that continues to share centuries-old wisdom acquired through hundreds of years of experience? To see and feel firsthand what it was like to live surrounded by members of one of the most famous Native American nations? Well, this time is taking you to a place where you’ll be able to get answers to these questions, and a whole lot more.

Yes – It Does Have A Lot To Do With The Cherokee Nation

Cherokee, NC, is a small town located in Jackson and Swain counties in the western part of the state. Situated in the Oconaluftee River Valley, the town has a population of just over 2,200. However, what is most interesting about this place is the fact that it is the headquarters for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. In fact, the Cherokee people have had a home in the western part of North Carolina for many centuries. What’s more, today’s members of the Eastern Band directly descend from the Cherokee who were forcefully relocated to Oklahoma during the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. The Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina, an area adjacent to the Great Smoky National Park that encompasses some 56,000 acres, is today their home.

Now, there are virtually thousands of things to enjoy while in Cherokee, and in addition to the usual, we’ll give you a couple of suggestions, regardless of whether you’ll be on a romantic getaway for two, or a family vacation complete with the grandkids.

Here’s What You Should Try To Check Out…

Firstly, you might want to check out the Mountain Farm Museum, which is a preserved collection of historic buildings from the Smoky Mountains that date back to the last century. Featuring structures such as a blacksmith shop, springhouse, apple house, a barn and a farmhouse, this open farmstead will allow you to experience the way of life of the Cherokee families from more than a 100 years ago, as well as to take in the beautiful surrounding scenery while strolling through the grounds.

That being said, experiencing the gorgeous nature in a place such as North Carolina, and especially Cherokee, is always a good idea, just like visiting one of the tallest and most beautiful waterfalls in the southern Appalachians, called Mingo Falls. The Cherokee call it “yon equo,” or “Big Bear Falls.” Located on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the waterfall can be safely enjoyed from a bridge at the base, which is a wise suggestion, since it cascades almost 200 feet down granite boulders.

…And What You Definitely Don’t Want To Miss In Cherokee, NC

The artistic traditions of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are preserved thanks to more than 250 local artists, whose work is showcased by the nation’s oldest and foremost Native American cooperative, Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., which is open year round. Offering stone and wood carving, silversmithing, bead-working, basket weaving and handmade work from master crafters of pottery, you should definitely make a stop at this place during your visit and take a piece of Cherokee home with you.

And if you’re looking to learn the story of the Cherokees spanning the last 13,000 years, what better place to do just that than the Museum of the Cherokee Indian? Using life-size figures, audio, artwork, artifacts, stunning animations and more, this award-winning museum takes visitors from the Paleo period all the way through the Trail of Tears. In fact, this place is so awesome that Disney Imagineering called it a “model museum.” So, you see – in Cherokee, NC, not only can you enjoy ancient history, you can also be astonished by the high-tech present. Is that not worth a visit or what?

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