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Action in Body and Soul 

Hayesville & Brasstown

Step Back in Time at The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail

The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail is a collection of notable places in the North Carolina foothills and mountains. Interpretive signs at each location tell stories of the region’s natural and cultural heritage including the Cherokee, traditional music, agriculture, and crafts. One such historic site is the Clay County Court House in Hayesville. Located on the square, construction began in 1817 with completion a year later. That structure burned to the ground in 1870 destroying all the early county records and once again work began on a new Court House. After renovation in 1998, including new sculpture, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On Fridays during the summer, months, free music concerts are held on the square entertaining local and visitors alike with down home, toe tapping music. The history of the area is what legends are made of. More historical sites worthy of a visit include the Cherokee History Trail, Quanasee Path, Performing Arts, Music Venues and enough museums you’ll need an extra-long vacation to see them all. History, Art, Culture all yours to enjoy.

Big Music Fun in a Little Bitty Town

The tiny village of Brasstown near the Georgia border is a hotbed of traditional mountain music in the Smokies, with both the iconic John C. Campbell Folk School and the quirky former Esso gas station of Clay’s Corner offering formal and informal music events. The Folk School’s Friday night concerts are popular with both locals and visitors. Want to learn more about this very American kind of music? Learn to play an instrument, dance, or explore the history of traditional Appalachian music at the Folk School. Or just join the fun at their weekly contradances and square dances. These are but two of the sites in the Smokies along the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina. A guidebook, The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina, is available at, where you’ll also find listings of events and schedules. A program of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.

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