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In 1832, the Zachary family built a homestead in what had been the vast Cherokee Nation. Known as the Zachary-Tolbert House, completed in 1852, and having no electricity, plumbing, central heat, or painted interior walls, it was a gift from Mordecai Zachary to his bride.

The Mountain Heritage Center Museum at Western Carolina University has exhibitions and programs illustrating the diverse cultures pf those who settled the area of Jackson County. Exhibits include blacksmithing, crafts, folk art, history, music, paintings, quilting, singing, and weaving. Programs and exhibits center around traditions of the native people, settlement by the Scotch-Irish, the Depression Era, and today’s tourism.

Travel a winding gravel road through farmland in Jackson County and you are likely to encounter Judaculla Rock – a large soapstone boulder and the best known petroglyph site in North Carolina. Markings resemble random dots and lines with dozens of dimples, stick figures and primitive heads and bodies. Archeologists claim it was carved in the Late Archaic Period about 5,900 to 3,200 years ago. It’s source remains a mystery, and it has not been translated.