Murphy, NC Real Estate

About our Area

"Find your peace in the mountains of Cherokee County, North Carolina"

Welcome to Cherokee County, a special place in the southwestern corner of North Carolina where the forested mountains touch the sky, the lakes sparkle, the air is crisp and clean, and the charm of small town America still exists.

Cherokee County is a place where you and your family can enjoy your "peace" of the mountains - filling your time with fun, beauty, recreation, and rest while you enjoy peace of mind and a renewed spirit.

Murphy, Andrews and other townships in the county offer holiday festivities and are surrounded by great fishing, golf, whitewater adventures, hiking, horseback riding and a host of other activities necessary to round out any mountain vacation adventure.

Aside from the endless scenic and recreational opportunities, Cherokee County offers theaters, antique shops, craft shows, flea markets and festivals. You will find plenty of restaurants, accommodations, recreational activities, churches, shopping and historical points of interest for you and your family to enjoy.

Fairs, festivals, and other special events often take center stage in the county. America's oldest wagon train is the highlight of the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration in Andrews. As autumn colors arrive, the National Appalachian Jeep Jamboree in Murphy, and the Antique Car Show in Andrews are popular events.

From its eastern edge to its western border, Cherokee County features a delightful mix of tradition and history.

From the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

Murphy, NC History

The town of Murphy was founded in 1835. On this date the first post office was opened under the name of Huntington, with Col. H.R.S. Hunter the first Postmaster. Huntington later became Murphy, named after Archibald D. Murphey.

In 1839, Cherokee County was formed from a portion of neighboring Macon County. In 1851, Murphy was incorporated as the county seat of Cherokee County.

Prior to 1839, Cherokee County and the surrounding area was home to the Cherokee Indian Nation. In 1839, the Cherokee were moved to Oklahoma over the infamous Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears followed a pathway out of town that is now Lakeside Drive.

Retiring in Murphy, NC

Murphy and the surrounding area in extreme southwestern North Carolina is a great place for a second home or retirement. The town is small and quaint (about 1600 people) and is the county seat of Cherokee County. There are several good restaurants and many shops. Downtown is beautiful, with tree lined streets and many historic buildings restored to their original state.

The climate is mild and the scenery is breathtaking with mountains, lakes (several large ones like Lake Hiwassee), and streams. The people are very friendly and the community is small and tight-knit.

Murphy is very close to John C. Campbell Folk School, and is in a unique location in southwestern North Carolina. Thanks to NC's strange shape, Murphy is is closer to the capitals of six other states (Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia) than it is to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Nantahala National Forest is right on the edge of Murphy.

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