Brasstown, North Carolina

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Brasstown, North Carolina
Unincorporated community
Brasstown is located in North Carolina
Brasstown
Brasstown
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 34°59′40″N 83°53′35″W / 34.99444°N 83.89306°W / 34.99444; -83.89306Coordinates: 34°59′40″N 83°53′35″W / 34.99444°N 83.89306°W / 34.99444; -83.89306
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Clay
Area
 • Total 12.21 sq mi (31.63 km2)
 • Land 12.17 sq mi (31.52 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation 1,736 ft (529 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28902
Area code(s) 828
GNIS feature ID 1019281 [1]

Brasstown is an unincorporated community located mostly within Clay County, North Carolina, United States, though roughly one third of Brasstown is within the adjacent Cherokee County.

Etymology[edit]

Brasstown Bald Historical Marker #2

According to the two Georgia historical markers, the area surrounding Brasstown Bald was settled by the Cherokee people. English-speaking settlers derived the word Brasstown from a translation error of the Cherokee word for its village place. Settlers confused the word Itse'yĭ" (meaning 'New Green Place' or 'Place of Fresh Green') with Ûňtsaiyĭ (Brass), and referred to the settlement as Brasstown. Itse'yĭ is a Cherokee locative name given to several distinct areas in the Cherokee region, including this one in North Carolina.

Opossum Drop[edit]

The Opossum Drop was an annual event at Clay's Corner convenience store (now permanently closed) organized by Clay and Judy Logan.[2] At midnight on New Year's Eve, instead of dropping an object, a plexiglass box containing a living opossum was lowered from the roof of the store.[3] The animal is lowered into a screaming crowd with fireworks which many have found cruel to the wild animal.[4]

For the past 20 years New Year's Eve celebration has taken place under much protest. In 2018 THE "POSSUM DROP ENDED, as announced by Clay Logan. He has retired.

John C. Campbell Folk School[edit]

The nationally recognized John C. Campbell Folk School, dedicated to preserving and encouraging the folk arts of the Appalachian Mountains, is located in Brasstown. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[5]

Tri-County Race Track[edit]

The Tri-County Race Track, a 1/4-mile banked dirt oval race track, is located in Brasstown.

Distance to state capitals[edit]

Located in the west of the state, Brasstown is closer to the capitals of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky by driving time than it is to North Carolina's capital of Raleigh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Feature Detail Report for: Brasstown, Geographic Names Information System, 31 Dec 1981, retrieved 26 Jul 2013 
  2. ^ Clay's Corner - Opossum Capital of the World - Clay & Judy Logan Proprietors http://www.clayscorner.com
  3. ^ New Years Eve Lowering of the Opossum
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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