Jackson County

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Cities/Towns: Balsam - Cashiers - Cherokee - Cullowhee - Dillsboro - High Hampton - East Laport - Forest Hills - Gay - Glenville - Green Creek - Sylva* - Tuckasegee - Webste - Willets

Unique places: 1908 Balsam Mountain Inn - Blue Ridge Parkway - Cherokee Bear Zoo & Exotic Animals - Cherokee Indian Reservation - Cherokee Museum - Harrah's Cherokee Casino - Fly Fishing - Hiking Trails - Mountain Heritage Day - Nantahala National Forest - Oconaluftee Indian Village - Ruby City - Santa's Land - Smoky Mountain Hiking - Smoky Mountain Jet Boats - Smoky Mountain Railway - Smoky Mountain Senior Games - Southwest Community College - Sylva - Thorpe Dam - Tuckasegee Outfitters - Unto These Hills Theatre - Waterfalls - Western Carolina University - Whistlestop Mall / Directory - Whitewater Rafting

Local Newspaper (s) - (Community News) - Cashiers Crossroads Chronicle, The Sylva Herald & Ruralite

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With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy scenic train journeys across fertile valleys, through tunnels and across river gorges in a spectacular region called the Great Smoky Mountains. This section of western North Carolina offers a wide array of ever changing vegetation and fantastic landscapes.
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Great Smoky Mountain Railroad


The $30 million Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University is an exciting new cultural arts and art education destination for Western North Carolina and the surrounding region. Set in a beautiful valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, the center combines state-of-the-art educational opportunities for students and instructors with a fresh and inspiring venue for world-class performers and artists.
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Western Carolina's Fine & Preforming Arts Center



A Brief History of the Formation of Jackson County

Source: Jackson County History

Jackson County's first court was ordered to be held at the home of Daniel Bryson, Sr., and after that session the courts were held at Allen Fisher's store until the courthouse was erected. In 1852 an act was passed authorizing an election to be held to decide on moving the county seat from Webster to Sylva. The election was held May 8,1913, and was carried by a majority of 675. Sylva furnished the site and $10,000 in cash for the new courthouse.

Jackson County was named in honor of Andrew Jackson, who won an overwhelming victory from the British at New Orleans in 1815 and who was twice President of the United States.


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