Posted by Bruce on August 28, 1997 at 22:21:01:
In Reply to: Re: Chimney Rock posted by Marcia Meara on August 28, 1997 at 15:41:31:
: There are several vantage points along the trail where you simply have to sit down, stare out over the valley below, and wonder what must it have looked like long before it was "discovered" and the building began. And the view across Lake Lure is just beautiful. This is a 4-star attraction, folks!
According to a booklet I have there's actually a Cherokee legend about the Hickory Nut Gorge area. The Cherokees believed that the mountains, waterfalls, and caves of the gorge was inhabited by the "Little People", or as they called them, "Yunwi Tsundi", which meant "inferior thunder spirits". Apparently the gorge was the local Cherokees only passageway to the east and they were scared of the "little people" who supposedly guarded the area. Excavations have unearthed many relics and ceremonial sites suggesting that the Cherokees wanted to keep the spirits satisfied. There have also been numerous sightings over the years of white, phantom-like beings in the form of men, women, and children who are said to have been floating along the mountain. Shortly after the Civil War the whole area reportedly saw the "Little People".
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