Brasstown, North Carolina

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Brasstown, North Carolina
Brasstown Sign, Brasstown, NC (32821690868).jpg
Brasstown is located in North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°02′22″N 83°57′25″W / 35.03944°N 83.95694°W / 35.03944; -83.95694Coordinates: 35°02′22″N 83°57′25″W / 35.03944°N 83.95694°W / 35.03944; -83.95694
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total12.21 sq mi (31.63 km2)
 • Land12.17 sq mi (31.52 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,736 ft (529 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)828
GNIS feature ID1019281 [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.


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 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] At midnight the animal was lowered to the ground while a small crowd of local residents sometimes shot fireworks.[4]

For many years the New Year's Eve celebration took place under much protest and with due cause. In 2018, the "Possum Drop" moved from Brasstown to Andrews, NC with Clay Logan remaining the organizer. In 2019, Clay's Corner reopened under the management of the Logan Family. The Opossum Drop will not be held again as the young female opossum was caught in a leg hold trap and badly injured. Her leg was broken and had to be amputated. Animal Help Now and The Opossum's Pouch Sanctuary at going to rally to have the 5 day law omitting the opossum from cruelty amended.

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.


  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
  3. ^ "New Years Eve at Clay's Corner * Brasstown, North Carolina * Opossum Capital of the World". Retrieved Apr 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Clay's Corner * Brasstown, North Carolina * Opossum Capital of the World". Retrieved Apr 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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