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Town of Andrews North Carolina
Located within the heart of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains is Andrews North Carolina a beautiful, peaceful small town . Nature lovers can enjoy many outdoor activities in the area’s unspoiled streams, rivers, mountains, and ridges. There are also many thriving small businesses in town, including restaurants, retail shops, bed and breakfast inns, and artists’ galleries and gift shops. Andrews is located in the western corner of the state of North Carolina. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Andrews offers a peaceful place to relax while enjoying some of the most spectacular scenery year round. People say that Andrews is only two hours from anywhere. Conveniently it’s less than 150 miles from Atlanta, GA, Knoxville, TN and Asheville, NC. There is virtually no nightlife in Andrews.
History of Andrews NC
At the heart of the township is the Valley River. Once known by the Cherokee name Gunahita, meaning long, the Valley River begins near the Topton community in the far eastern corner of the county, and meanders southeasterly until it meets the Hiwassee River below Murphy.
The area is rich in Native American history. An 1805 map shows the area as the Cherokee settlement Toonatla. It was later listed on a map of the Cherokee Nation as Gunahita. By the time of the removal of the Cherokee Indians in 1838, it was known as Konehetee, or valley. One of the most infamous periods in history, the removal of the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears, also impacted the valley. Fort Delaney, one of five forts in the area, was located about 16 miles from the mouth of the Valley River. The road across Tatham Gap was built by the US Army to transport Cherokee from Fort Montgomery, which was located in what is now Robbinsville, to Fort Delaney and beyond. It is said that the first store in the valley was opened in a former home of Chief Junaluska, who was residing in Valley Town at the time of the removal.
The town of Marble derived its name from the white, blue, gray and pink marble, which were quarried in the area and known throughout the country for its high quality. It is located on the western edge of the township.
Topton, which is the first town visitors see coming from the east, was instrumental in the expansion of the railroad into the western corner of the state.
The largest town within the township is Andrews. In the early 1800s, when most white settlers began arriving, the area was known as Jamesville, after James Whitaker. An Indian Trading Post was established in 1837 and soon after the community was known as Valley Town.
The present town was established like many other southern towns, through a land auction. The Richmond and Danville Railroad had stopped construction of the lines just east of here. In the late 1880s, Col. A.B. Andrews, who was a second vice president for Richmond and Danville, was sent to the area to establish a commissary for workers in the Nantahala construction camps. Andrews bought 50 acres of land for the sum of $1,200.
By the spring of 1890, Andrews was instructed to sell off the 50-acre tract at a land sale, which was held in September. The land was plotted out and about three-quarters of the lots were sold at the initial sale. Some lots were donated for a schoolhouse and churches. The remaining lots were sold through private sales.
The town was officially incorporated on February 21, 1905 with David Samuel Russell appointed as the first mayor of the new town.
Pickin in Valley BlueGrass Festival
A day festival the first weekend in June dedicated to Bluegrass and Country Music. The festival offers BBQ – Hot Dogs, Tea, Lemonade, Water & Soft drinks and Popcorn & candy. Indoor and outdoor stages – jam sessions, Watermelon Crawl, Raffles & Games!
Kids under 12 FREE. Located at Jimmy’s Pick n Grin in Andrews
Heritage Park Disc Golf Course
Heritage Park Disc Golf Course in the Andrews North Carolina valley is nestled between the Valley River Mountains to the South, and the Snowbird Mountains to the North. The Valley River runs along several of the holes creating a challenging and beautiful course.
The 18-hole disc golf course is open to the public and is free to all. Just bring your discs, or purchase some at the Curiosity Book Shop located inside the Daily Grind and Wine Coffee Shop.
The first hole starts just behind the skateboard park in the Andrews Rec Park located on Main Street. Shoot from the red tees if you are a beginner, or choose the more difficult white tees if you dare.
The Andrews Valley Music Festival
The Andrews Valley Music Festival has grown to become one of Western North Carolina’s largest FREE festival. Andrews, North Carolina is located in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. This festival celebrates the heritage of the mountains and the hospitality of Andrews with unique arts, crafts, variety of foods and top musical acts (both national and regional) on multiple stages.
The Andrews Valley Music Festival is FUN for the entire family with contests, petting zoo, clown, magicians and the awesome KIDZONE. The Andrews Valley Music Festival is the 4th Saturday in June. This years festival is June 27 with gates opening at NOON. Whether you are looking for a souvenir or quality unique arts and crafts, the Andrews Valley Music Festival strives to bring the best artisans and craftsmen from all over the southeastern United States. For more information regarding arts, crafts and food vendor booth registration, Andrews Valley Music Festival posters, musical groups, sponsorship or directions, please call the Andrews Chamber of Commerce at 828-321-3584.
Ridge Runner Ziplines
In the heart of Andrews North Carolina is Ridge Runner Ziplines a SAFE and FUN experience zipping through the forest from ridge to ridge among the beautiful flora and fauna abundant in the southern Appalachian mountains. RidgeRunner Ziplines is a family owned and operated canopy tour adventure service. Starting at the top of our mountain, you zip thru a forest of hemlocks, pines, chestnut oak, maples, sourwood. dogwood, laurel and other mountain flora. The zip lines are as long as 600 feet in length, up to 80 feet above the forest floor, with speeds up to 30 miles per hour! The journey takes about 2 hours, including a truck ride to the launching point.
Riders are outfitted with a harness, trolley, leather gloves and a helmet.Each tour is lead by two guides that will make all connections between the trolleys and safety lines.
Your tour guides will take all riders thru “ground school”( An instruction session about the equipment , how to ride the ziplines and safety procedures.) , before loading up on a truck to ride to the top of the course. You ride Platform to Platform, but there are 3 short hikes on the course between launching points to gain elevation. You must be able to hike on mountain trail for short distances from 20 to 35 feet each. You will end your adventure back at our base camp!
Just south of the Nantahala gorge in Andrews North Carolina, the mountain ranges converge with the Blue Ridge mountain system. The Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trails are within a few short miles of our Zipline service. The Tail of the Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, and other scenic byways are within an hours drive, which are world renowned and also highly favored trips for nature lovers, outdoors adveturers and bikers.
The word “Nantahala” comes from the Cherokee language and means “Land of the Noonday Sun.” The river runs through a narrow and steep gorge where in some areas the sun only reaches the ground when it is directly overhead during the middle of the day. The Nantahala River is a very popular trout fishing destination. North Carolina Game and Fish has named the Nantahala River one of North Carolina’s ten best trout streams. This river is popular with whitewater rafters, canoeists, and kayakers. Commercial rafting began in 1972 when the Nantahala Outdoor Center opened, leading to thousands of paddlers annually running the river. The Nantahala River was recently announced as the site of the 2013 Freestyle World Championships.
Jimmy’s Pick n Grin
If Live music is your thing, then head down to Jimmy’s Pick and Grin Music Hall. A casual place for local musicians to come and play; with 4000 sq. ft it offers a good stompin and skootin’ dance floor. Bring the family for a fun night of sitting back and enjoying the music or get up and get moving with some good-timing buck dancing, clogging, two steppin, line dancing, or just hear the taps-a-clankin’!!! Every Saturday Night open from 7:00pm – 11:00pm (unless posted) $7 cover, kids under 12 are FREE.
Calaboose Cellars and Winery
In the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, there’s an old stone building with bars on the windows that overlooks our small vineyard. Legend has it that the local lawman locked up the hooligans here to cool down until they went before the magistrate. Now we use the Calaboose to incarcerate our wines. We are the smallest free-standing, complete winery in America located just up the river from the Smoky Mountain Expressway in far Western North Carolina. Come spend time with us on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from Noon until 5:00pm.