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    Andrews, NC Real Estate

    WELCOME TO ANDREWS within the heart of the Great Smokies.  A  beautiful valley where cool clear streams flow gently down the ridges, and trees peek over mountain tops  Andrews, a small town unhindered by big city influences, remains a place to enjoy a more leisurely pace of life.   Imagine yourself hiking, trout fishing,  strolling down main street shopping for antiques or tasting wine or beers locally brewed while in our restaurants… Andrews, North Carolina could be your next home.

    Andrews is approximately 90 miles southwest of Asheville, 85 miles south of Knoxville and 75 miles east of Chattanooga. Atlanta is 130 miles south of Andrews.  The Andrews-Murphy Airport is listed at 1,699 feet.  The county’s highest elevation is at 5,149 feet.  Average temperatures in the summer in the valley ranges from highs of about 85 degrees to lows in the 60s and average temperatures in the winter in the valley range from highs at 50 degrees, with lows around 20.  The area averages about six inches of rainfall each month.  The population of Andrews.

    At the heart of the township is the Valley River.  Once known by the Cherokee name Gunahita, meaning long, the Valley River.  The Andrews area is rich in Native American history.  One of the most infamous periods in history, the removal of the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears.   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 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 Andrews area mountains are rich with heritage and tradition. The Cherokee Indians and later, white settlers, who were born and bred in these mountains have maintained the richness of life instilled in the honor of the land.  While time does not stand still, it moves at a somewhat leisurely pace. The Cherokee and Appalachian folk have lived generation after generation in the rustic coves and “hollers” of the mountains, giving way to limited influence from the outside.

    While the Cherokee were uprooted from their homeland in the time of the Trail of Tears, those who remained passed their language and heritage down through the generations.   And, it is not surprising to note that descendants of early white settlers have many characteristics of speech with roots in the Elizabethan era. What outsiders may consider simple talk has, in reality, its foundations in the type of speech used by Sir Walter Raleigh, John Donne, and William Shakespeare. Examples of this influence include “cheer” for chair, “nary” for not any, “reckon” for believe, or “y’uns” for a group of people.   But the uniqueness of the language is not all based on “olde English;” rather colloquialisms that have been handed down throughout the years, which are simply better than anything else – “a-fixin” for preparing, “vittles” for the stuff that graces your plate, and “poke” for a paper bag.