Native Americans, Europeans and Northerners expanding and looking for land all met in the hills of Western North Carolina including the Highlands - Cashiers - Sapphire Valley plateau.
Pioneers began carving out a life in the Sapphire Valley area and finding and using all the natural resources around them.
Gold, found in North Carolina in the early 1800s, changed the area forever.
The Cherokee Indians were pushed out in 1830 by The Indian Removal Act of 1830.
The resulting years are chronicled in The Trail of Tears
historically accurate tell of the relocation of the entire Cherokee Nation.
image: National Park Services