12th Annual Heritage Walk & Festival
Historic Downtown Murphy NC
Saturday, October 13, 2012

10:00 a.m. 'til 4:00 p.m.

Main festival venue - the Old L&N Depot and the River Walk beyond
Railroad Street at the Hiwassee Street river bridge
historic downtown Murphy NC

Free Admission
Over 2,000 people attended the 11th annual in 2011

Click here
to see and print
The Heritage Walk & Festival 2012 Event Flyer
tthanks for checking  below on updates to the flyers and more info!

proudly featured by The Blue Ridge Highlander



Heritage Walk
Tours Depart
from the
Old L&N Depot






hop aboard
the red Caboose
at the
Old L&N Depot!


The Heritage Walk Tours
Walking Tours Depart from Inside the Old L&N Depot
just over the River bridge off Hiwassee Street

Mayor Bill Hughes and Murphy's First Lady Barbara Hughes, tour guides

You'll enjoy taking an approximate 1-hour walking tour of historic downtown Murphy sites,
and each tour begins with a brief account of Murphy's railroad history.  You can
return to the festival grounds after, or end up in the historic town center to enjoy the
museum as well as the specialty retail shops, art galleries and restaurants!

10:45 a.m. Departure
Historic Downtown Business District Tour

12:45 p.m. Departure

Historic Harshaw Chapel & Cemetery Tour

3:15 p.m. Departure

River Walk Tour to The Leech Place of Cherokee Legend

Hop Aboard the Red Caboose by the Old L&N Depot for the
Historic Model Railroad Exhibit
Open 10:00 a.m 'til 4:00 p.m.
courtesy of the Valley River Model Railroad Club

The Cherokee County Paranormal Society will be inside the Depot- get your tickets for the
As Legend Has It Ghost Tours
proceeds in part go to support Heritage Partners' Heritage Walk & Festival

Check out the equipment demonstrations, visits to the Ramsey House, and get your tickets:

After dark tours, limited tickets available for Saturday, October 27:

-tours meet and end at the Daily Grind & Wine on Valley River Ave in town:
7:00 pm and 9:30 pm departures
-approximate 1 mile walking tours with histories and legends of 1836 to the 1950s
- advance tickets $15 per person, $5 per accompanied child under 10; tickets at the door $20

visit http://ccpsofmurphy.com/


Heritage Partners' Silent Auction
Inside the Old L&N Depot

It's how we raise money to help cover festival expenses and keep it admission free
to the public. Thanks for stopping by and making your bids on all sorts of neat stuff.
Bidding closes at 3:00 p.m. Pick up your winnings by 4:00 p.m.



Mountain Song
at the
Railroad Cars,
Old L&N Depot

See our
featured musicians
on line:

Playing On The Planet
(formerly Steel String Session)

The Mountain Rascals

Bear Notes


The Mountain Song Stage
Out front of the RR cars at the Old L&N Depot

Accomplished and delightful musicians all, the magical harmonies and instrumentation
these talented performers bring to the festival stage are just wonderful.
From banjos to bag pipes and all the strings in between, you'll enjoy
the traditional sounds of our mountain music heritage.  Booked for the 12th annual are:

The Bear Notes (Celtic) - performing at 10:00 a.m.

Wally Avett, Charlene Smith & Sonya Crouch (Gospel Trio) - performing at 11:00 a.m.

The Mountain Rascals (Bluegrass) - performing at 12:00 noon and again at 1:00 p.m.

Playing On The Planet (retro rockin' Bluegrass)
- peforming at 2:00 and again at 3:00 p.m.




Farmers Market


Artists, Crafters
& Growers-
click here for




Growers, Artists & Crafters
Cedar Valley Farmers Market
Around the Old L&N Depot

An every Saturday event during growing season (May-September), you'll find wonderful local and regional
area artists, crafters, locally grown produce, plants and more at the Heritage Walk & Festival.

Visit http://www.doylescedarhill.com/farmers-market/



Antique Tractor
Show & Rides,
On the River Walk


Antique Tractor Show & Free Hay Wagon Rides
sponsored by the Rusty Iron Club

On the River Walk behind the Old L&N Depot - main festival venue

10:00 a.m. 'til 4:00 p.m.
Neat vintage tractors bring back memories of our agricultural heritage - and the children will love it too.
In addition to the tractors spanning the decades and generations, planned for this year are free
 Hay wagon rides, hay baling equipment, and more!

Antique Railroad Equipment Exhibit
On the Tracks by the Antique Tractor Show. . . courtesy of Carl Hymen and Scottie & Dottie Wershing
Hand rail car on the tracks, and other neat Railroad gear of times gone by. . . .



Heritage Day

Enjoy the specialty shops and eateries downtown, and catch these
other Heritage Walk & Festival day & evening events:

17th Annual Chili Cook Off
proudly sponsored by The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
at Konehete Park  -
12:00 noon and be there!

You'll want to get on down to the ball field pavilion at Konehete Park by 12:00 noon and
 savor all the chili entries. Be sure to vote for your favorite!
Ticketed fund-raising event- Adults $6; Children $3. Contact the Chamber at 828-837-2242

Museum Heritage Day
At the Museum by the Court House On Peachtree Street, 10:00 a.m. 'til 4:00 p.m.

The Cherokee County Historical Museum celebrates its annual Heritage Day, and the Museum will be
open free of charge to the public. Next to the Courthouse on Peachtree Street in historic downtown Murphy.

Library's New Cherokee Historical & Cultural Center
Special dedication Ceremony at the Library, with dignitary Cherokee Chief Hicks

2:00 p.m. - open to the public
This new room inside the Library will include Cherokee genealogy research tools!
courtesy of the Friends of the Library and a grant by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation

Murphy NC STEP Community Celebration!
Small Town Economic Progress (STEP) is what it's all about. . .
at Konehete Park, starting at 6:30 p.m. 'til 9:00 p.m.

Murphy's been accepted into the NC Small Town Economic Prosperity Program (NC Step),
an opportunity to plan for and leverage grant resources for The Town of Murphy's future.

Special Video Presentation About Murphy, created by area students
"Movie Under The Stars"
- bring your lawn chairs and enjoy
and more. . .

For those who call Murphy home, please come out and enjoy a community celebration and
offer your input on our future and what you'd like to see.  Volunteers are planning
a great evening, and one that will be meaningful to people of all ages.
It's free, and you and yours will be glad you came out.





Return Home
Heritage Partners

Directions: from the 4-lane (64/74/129/19) turn at McDonalds onto Hiwassee Street and follow over the
 Hiwassee River bridge to the Old L&N Depot on your left- turn in on Railroad Street and you've arrived! 
Limited parking available at Depot and along Railroad Street, or park along Hiwassee Street
or in nearby bank parking lots.

Travel and Visitors Info <your link to
the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center

Located in the farthest western corner of NC, Murphy is an approximate 2-hour drive
 from the Asheville, Atlanta, Knoxville, and Chattanooga areas.
We're also close (like 20-30 minutes) to the charming mountain towns of Andrews,
Brasstown/Warne and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville and
 Blue Ridge GA; and Copper Hill/Ducktown TN.