Cowee–West's Mill Historic District

Coordinates: 35°15′45″N 83°24′33″W / 35.26250°N 83.40917°W / 35.26250; -83.40917
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Cowee–West's Mill Historic District
West's Mill Road, January 2019
Cowee–West's Mill Historic District is located in North Carolina
Cowee–West's Mill Historic District
Cowee–West's Mill Historic District is located in the United States
Cowee–West's Mill Historic District
Nearest cityFranklin, North Carolina
Coordinates35°15′45″N 83°24′33″W / 35.26250°N 83.40917°W / 35.26250; -83.40917
Area369 acres (149 ha)
Built1775 (1775)
Architectural styleBungalow/craftsman, Art Deco,
MPSMacon County MPS
NRHP reference No.00001569[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 8, 2001

The Cowee–West's Mill Historic District encompasses an area of Macon County, North Carolina, which has historic significance predating the arrival of European settlers, and extending into the 20th century. It is located about 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Franklin, the county seat, along either side of Cowee Creek as it flows toward the Little Tennessee River. The district includes the archaeological site and platform mound of the Cherokee town of Cowee, a major settlement until the time of the American Revolutionary War. In the first half of the 19th century the area was developed as a mining community centered on a mill operated by the West family, and after the American Civil War it became one of a small number of rural African-American communities in western North Carolina. The core of the West's Mill area is centered on the junctions of SR 1350, SR 1341, SR 1340, and West's Mill Road, and North Carolina Route 28 is the major road passing through the district. Its northern and southern bounds are roughly where the valley floor gives way to hills on either side of Cowee Creek, ending in the west at Hall Mountain and in the east at the mouth of Caler Creek.[2]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Cowee–West's Mill Historic District" (PDF). North Carolina SHPO. Retrieved July 14, 2014.