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Legends and Lore – Footprints in the Gorge

Footprints in the Gorge

Nestled within the Hickory Nut Gorge is the towering monolith known as Chimney Rock. This iconic feature is enjoyed by thousands of visitors yearly, leaving behind their footprints in one of Western North Carolina’s most picturesque settings. It peaks the imagination to ponder the original footprints in the Gorge, undoubtedly left by native Americans more than a century ago.

Cherokee Indian leaves footprints in the Gorge

 

These native tribes, primarily the Catawba and Cherokee, relied on the resources of the Gorge for their livelihood. In turn, they honored the land and held it sacred, believing that it possessed many a magical power. The native folk called the land beyond the stone pillar of Chimney Rock, Suwainuna. This was part of their trading path that followed the river as it snaked through the Gorge to the lands of the Catawba eastward. They left their footprints on this path in their search for tsa’lu, or tobacco.

 

Footprints on this path in their search for tsa’lu.

Were there other footprints left within the Gorge?

The natives thought so. They spoke in hushed and wary whispers of the Little People. History, Myths and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees describe them thusly:

 

There is another race of spirits […] who live in rock caves on the mountain side. They are little fellows, hardly reaching up to a man’s knee, but well-shaped and handsome, with long hair falling to the ground. They are great wonder workers and are very fond of music, spending half their time drumming and dancing. They are helpful and kind-hearted, and often when people have been lost in the mountains, especially children who have strayed away from their parents, the Yun’wi Tsundsdi have found them and taken them back to their homes. […] the Little People do not like to be disturbed at home, and they throw a spell over the stranger so that he is bewildered and loses his way…In Suwali-nuna, however, these benevolent beings are not so forgiving. They were guardians of the sacred tsa’lu, or tobacco, which they kept there and took harsh action against anyone trespassing in the gorge in search of it. In the beginning of the world, there was a single tsa’lu plant for all creatures, but it had been used up. In one version of the story, the plant was stolen by geese and swiftly carried to a place in the south. Nonetheless, without the power of tsa’lu men grew weak and death was imminent. Swift warriors and powerful shamans sent into the gorge in search of the sacred medicine were crushed by boulders toppled by the Yun’wi Tsundsdi. The strong winds blowing through the stone hollow would sometimes throw these braves into the turbulent waters of the river and they would never be seen again. One young man, worried by the impending death of his father for lack of tsa’lu, traveled to Suwali-nuna in search of it. Reaching the mountains that border the gorge, the young man opened his medicine bag and brought out the skin of a hummingbird. Placing the skin over himself he transformed into the swift bird and flew, undetected into the heart of the gorge. Quickly, he gathered a few leaves of tsa’lu with some seeds and slipped, unseen, out of the gorge. Returning home, he found his father very weak but with one draw from the pipe, he regained strength. The Cherokee planted the seeds and have had tsa’lu ever since.

Little Person in the Gorge…can you spot him?

The Hickory Nut Gorge became part of Rutherford County,

named for General Griffith Rutherford, a military leader who led forces against Chief Dragging Canoe and the Cherokee during the Chickamauga Wars. As more and more settlers began to pour into the Gorge, they were awed by the region’s natural beauty and their interest peaked by the Cherokee’s mystical legend. Sadly, the native tribe were forced to migrate to the west, many of them leaving footprints along the trail of tears. Some members remained, however, and today reside in the Qualla Boundary, which is held as a land trust by the United States government. They are recognized as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee.

Chief Dragging Canoe

 


Their stories and legends remain along with pieces of Native American history. Arrowheads, tomahawks, and bits of pottery lay hidden among the soil and along the riverbank. Perhaps you will be fortunate enough to find one of these treasures from long ago. Better still, you might come across ancient footprints—as you leave yours behind.


Written by Andrea Stewart and Melva Dye

 

 

5 Memorial Day Facts You May or May Not Know

1. Memorial Day was Originally Named “Decoration Day”

In 1869 Major General John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a day to honor the graves of those who died in the Civil War. In 1971 Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day, placed on the last Monday in May and declared a national holiday by an act of Congress. It also evolved to include all wars to commemorate our American military.

2. National Moment of Remembrance

Observance of Memorial Day takes place at 3pm local time and asks Americans to pause in silence to honor our fallen heroes.

3. Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

To honor our American military, a unique flag etiquette was created for Memorial Day. At sunrise, the flag should swiftly be raised to full staff then slowly lowered to half-staff. This is to honor all the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. At noon, the flag is swiftly raised back to full-staff to salute all of those who have served.  

4. Tradition of Wearing Red Poppies

This tradition originated from John McCrae’s 1915 poem, In Flanders Fields. As a WW1 brigade surgeon, McCrae was struck by the sight of the red flowers growing on a ravaged battlefield. The red poppy symbolizes honor and remembrance.

In Flanders Fields

BY JOHN MCCRAE
 
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
 
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
 
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

5. Fun Fact

818 Hot Dogs are eaten per second during the Hot Dog season which begins Memorial Day thru Labor Day. What are some of your favorite toppings? Have you ever had a Lured Dog? House-Made Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Super Food Slaw, Mustard on an All-Beef Hebrew National Dog on Duke’s® Mayo “Buttered” Bun -Check out Lured Market in Lake Lure, NC for some delicious, hand crafted hot dogs this summer!!  https://www.luredmarketandgrill.com/

Happy Memorial Day from Pinnacle SIR

Best Real Estate Website

The votes are in and sothebysrealty.com has officially been named the Best Real Estate Website in the People’s Choice Category in the 25th Annual Webby Awards. Acclaimed as the “Internet’s highest honor achievement” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.  

The Webbys honors excellence in seven major media types and presents two honors in every category-The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. The People’s Voice Award  garners millions of votes from all over the world. 

 

sothebysrealty.com 

Not only is this website beautiful to look at it is incredibly user friendly. Filter exclusive Sotheby’s Realty listings by exactly what you’re looking for. Price point, lifestyle, rentals, etc…..or just browse through some of the interesting stories that are captured through the Brand News, Featured Blogs and Headlines. 

CREDIT THE TEAM

Behind the scenes, a group of dedicated individuals at sothebysrealty.com works diligently to provide their affiliates with an outstanding website that enjoys continual growth year after year. It truly does take a village, and we are honored to be a part of this incredible team.  

We congratulate Sotheby’s International Realty and all affiliates worldwide, on this well-deserved award!!

Welcome Ken Williams!!

Please join us in welcoming Ken Williams to our Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty family.  Ken has lived and worked in Real Estate in Lake Lure for more than 25 years. 

2018 Year End Review

 

2018 has been a great year for Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty. We have added three exceptional new agents – Wes and Cathy Cleary of TEAM CLEARY who had the company’s highest listing that resulted in the highest sale of the year and Alan Rieger, who sold his first home with the company less than a month after signing on.

We ended the year with a 35% increase from 2017 and finished with over $22 Million in our Volume Sales!

Our company listed 81 properties and sold 56 in 2018.

We have expanded our geographic interest by adding Lake James and Lake Lanier to our waterfront focus and also have agents licensed in South Carolina.


STATISTICS

Pinnacle SIR Stats 

Thomas McKay

Top Sale-$1,442,500

Average Sold Price-$818,000

Michael Holden & Kevin Swerdlin

Top Sale-$1,299,000

Average Sold Price-$448,744

TEAM CLEARY-Wes & Cathy Cleary

Top Sale-$1,442,500

Average Sold Price-$545,833

Alan Rieger 

Top Sale-$1,000,000

Average Sold Price-$459,850


MLS Stats

Lake Lure 

Average List Price-$495,909

Average Sold Price-$363,048

Total Homes Sold-132

Average DOM-135

Rumbling Bald Resort

Average List Price-$453,806

Average Sold Price-$349,247

Total Homes Sold-39

Average DOM-197

Lake Adger

Average List Price-$558,160

Average Sold Price-$514,225

Total Homes Sold-23

Average DOM-91

Tryon

Average List Price-$518,283

Average Sold Price-$342,967

Total Homes Sold-117

Average DOM-102


 

2018 Significant Sales

255 Deerwood Drive Lake Lure, NC 28746 Sold at $1,442,500

139 Storm Ridge Lake Lure, NC 28746      Sold at $1,400,000

111 & 212 Fiddlehead Ln. Zirconia, NC 28790 Sold at $1,299,000

MARKETING 

When your home is represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand it benefits from the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby’s name and gains exclusive access to highly qualified global clientele.

For those looking to sell their luxury estates, our experienced associates are equipped with the marketing tools needed to ensure your property is presented to a global audience of qualified and interested buyers. Our luxury real estate marketing is designed to give you the competitive edge by increasing interest in your property and engaging our audience both online and off. The Sotheby’s International Realty network acts exclusively on behalf of our client’s individual needs and offer the utmost discretion when helping market and sell your estate.

When a listing is marketed through the Sotheby’s International Realty network it immediately begins a journey to worldwide exposure!


 

 

A Productive November

Our office has closed over $6.5 million in real estate just this month!

Recently Purchased

90 Berry Street in Tryon, North Carolina was recently purchased after just 36 days on the market. The home was both listed and sold by The McKay Group of Pinnacle Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Ultimate Entertainment Home

Spectacular mountain home constructed with outdoor entertaining in mind. From the stone walls surrounding the paver driveway to the meticulously landscaped grounds with cascading waterfalls to the porte-cochere and stone foot bridge that leads to the artisan-crafted outdoor kitchen with authentic Italian pizza oven and outdoor living room all surrounding a beautifully constructed 3 bed, 3.5 bath residence with screen porch,views and guest quarters.
View full details here: http://bit.ly/1i1VDlr

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVCvu8gHp1c

Remarkable Lake Adger Home on 12+ Acres

http://youtu.be/jmOn3NYEsp0