Brasstown, North Carolina is an unincorporated community lying mostly in Clay County & approximately one third of it is within the adjacent Cherokee County. The Brasstown community was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Tribe of Native Americans, who named the land “Place of Fresh Green”, and if you have the privilege to experience this area in the Spring or Summer months, the name will be immediately understood. It is a green that you can almost smell, and the artists of the area have taken full advantage of this unusual beauty.
The John C. Campbell Folk School has operated in Brasstown since about 1925 and is dedicated to preserving and passing on the folk arts of the Appalachian mountains. Being unchanged for the most part in all it’s years of operation, the school has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. Another unique experience of Brasstown is the New Year’s Eve Opossum Drop at the Clay Corner Convenience Store. Festivities vary every year from Miss Possum Queen pageants, to comedy acts, talent shows, and bluegrass concerts, but the main event doesn’t change. The Opossum Drop gained national fame when featured in The New York Times in 2004.
The originality and beauty of the area has clearly influenced the people and also the homes. Some of the most luxurious mountain estates as well as artfully designed quaint cabins are all expertly crafted and beautifully placed among these idyllic mountain settings. The people of these mountains are grateful and proud of the natural splendor we’ve been blessed with and have mastered the art of perseverance and living in harmony with nature.
Come and find your place among these hills and get back to enjoying the simple things in life.