Friday, September 27, 1934 -The Cherokee Scout, Murphy, North Carolina
(Mr. Robertson was in Murphy some time ago gathering material for the following article that appeared in Sunday’s Asheville Citizen-Time He made the acquaintance of a number of people in this section while, gathering the data for the story-The Editor).
By A. T. ROBERTSON, JR.
Murphy, Sept. 22.-North Carolina tapers off for 150 miles west of Asheville. Murphy, seat of the western most county of Cherokee, is on central time. Nine miles from Murphy is the small community of Brasstown, which is on a time all its own perhaps unique in the civilized world.
Brasstown is the site of the John C. Campbell Folk school and its associated farm co-operatives. They have frequent meetings, members coming from Murphy on central time, and from adjoining Clay County on eastern time. To avoid confusion, Brasstown set its clocks permanently half way between. When its 3 o’clock at Murphy and 4 o’clock to the east, in Brasstown it’s half-past three.
The pleasant Brasstown valley is rich in soil and in pioneer ways and speech. DeSoto is said to have, visited in 1510 an Indian village there, dug up last winter by the CWA and the relics sent to Washington. In the last century the L. and N. and Southern railways pushed in from the South and East, tapping veins of talc and marble, bringing drummers to enjoy the lavish tables of Murphy’s small hotels. Among traveling men Murphy famous is famous for its good food. Today the highways are good, but the distance from large cities are till great.
Here the Tennessee Valley Authority hopes to lay the foundation of a rural civilization to inspire the rest of the world.
Thoughts about the article:
- Just yesterday I had a conversation with a friend about how a lot of folks who live in the eastern part of NC don’t realize the state continues for two-hours travel time beyond Asheville. The conversation wasn’t unique. All my life I’ve heard folks say Raleigh (the state capital) thinks the state ends at Asheville or that folks visiting the area for the first time coming from that direction didn’t think they’d ever get here after leaving Asheville.
- I have never heard nor read any reference to Clay and Cherokee counties having different time zones. Boy that would get confusing in today’s world especially since Brasstown is split between the two counties. If it were still true maybe everyone in Brasstown could do like the folk school did and say they were half way between the two 🙂
- I’d say the foundation the TVA was anxious to lay were the dams and man-made lakes that would change the area forever in both a positive way for those who needed electricity and in a negative way for those who gave up their very own homeplace for the good of the others.
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