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彩乐园ll下载安装 the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area

彩乐园ll下载安装 Mission

The 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area serves as the steward of the living traditions of our region, protecting and promoting the unique music, crafts, outdoors, foodways and Cherokee culture unique to Western North Carolina. Honoring the past, we make investments in rural communities for the benefit of present and future generations.

National Treasures

The 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area was designated by Congress and the President in November, 2003 in recognition of the unique character, culture, and natural beauty of the 彩乐园ll下载安装 Mountains and foothills in Western North Carolina.

The federal legislation that designated the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area also created a nine-member board of directors. The board then formed a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization鈥攚hich operates under the name the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area Partnership鈥攖o steward the federal funds that support the designation, build partnerships in the region, attract matching funds, and implement projects. Heritage tourism in the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area contributes $2.39 billion annually to the economy of the region, supporting more than 30,000 jobs and generating $176.5 million annually in state and local tax revenue, according to a 2014 economic impact study

A Region of National Significance

The 彩乐园ll下载安装 Mountains of North Carolina are among the oldest mountains on Earth. The landscape is full of superlatives: the highest mountain (Mount Mitchell), deepest gorge (Linville Gorge), and highest waterfall (Whitewater Falls) in the eastern United States; the oldest river in North America (the New River); and the two most visited National Park lands in the country (the 彩乐园ll下载安装 Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The region is also blessed with a stunning diversity of plant and animal life; more, in fact, than the whole of Europe.

But there is more to the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area than just its mountains, for out of those mountains grew a rich cultural heritage. The region is the birthplace of ancient Cherokee culture and still home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Beginning in the 18th century European settlers and African-Americans moved into the mountains. The relative isolation of mountain life helped these settlers nourish and preserve many traditions, especially handmade crafts.

Traditional Craft, Music and Arts Heritage

The mountains also proved a fertile meeting ground for European and African music traditions, and over time these traditions melded to create the unique music of Appalachia.

The area has become the center of handmade art and craft in America, with a rich legacy of both traditional and contemporary craft schools and over 4,000 working craftspeople.

A land of mountain wilderness, waterfalls, Cherokee tradition, string bands, and craft studios, the 彩乐园ll下载安装 National Heritage Area is a place like no other.

Cherokee History and Heritage 

Appalachian Craft Heritage

Traditional Music Heritage

Historic North Carolina Agricultural Heritage

Natural Heritage of Appalachia and the 彩乐园ll下载安装 Mountains

Historic Sites in North Carolina

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