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The History Of Murphy North Carolina
A Delightful Mix of Tradition & History
Murphy Is Located In The Southwestern Corner Of North Carolina

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The Southern Appalachian Mountains are believed to
be among the oldest on the planet. As early as 1540 the mountains and valleys now known as Cherokee County were explored by DeSoto and inhabited by the
Cherokee Indians.

   

  
The great Tennessee, Hiwassee and Valley rivers were mined for gold as evidenced by old tunnels, shafts, Spanish cannon balls, pistols bearing the Spanish coat of arms and coin molds found along their river banks.
  
In the early 1800s, President Jackson sent 7,000 troops into Western North Carolina who built six forts to oversee the removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma. The largest of these was Fort Butler, built at the present site of Murphy on the Hiwassee River. The removal of the Cherokee along the "Trail of Tears" was described and recorded as "the greatest blot on America's history." More than 4,000 Native Americans died before they reached Oklahoma. Indians who were able to elude their captors hid in the hills and were later granted lands in Cherokee County.
   
As early as 1820 a Baptist mission school was established at the Old Natchez Town on the Hiwassee River and the first Methodist Church, Harshaw Chapel (a standing historic site) was built in Murphy in 1869.
    
In 1861 Cherokee County raised 1,100 men for the Confederate Army as the state seceded from the union. In 1865 Kirk's Raiders burned the County Courthouse in Murphy (the first of four courthouse fires between 1865 and 1926). The present Courthouse, now over 70 years old, is constructed of solid masonry and blue marble quarried from the county.

   

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Following the Civil War, in 1888, the way of life changed for the better with the introduction of the railroad.
   
The people of Cherokee County are proud of their heritage and proudly maintain seven properties on the National Register
of Historic Places.
   
Today Murphy maintains an important position in Eastern North Carolina. New and diverse industries are making their homes here. The rivers, though no longer vital to the shipping trade, supply a valuable recreational, ecological and aesthetic resource. And with the renewed interest in historic preservation, Murphy is a city that truly lives up to its motto: "Pride in the past, faith in the future."
 
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