Welcome to Cherokee County
Trails of Legends and Adventure
Harrah's Cherokee Casino opened in 1995. in 2005, nearly four million people visited the casino and generated a pre capita profit of roughly $8,000 annually, manufacturing and textile plants which previously existed in the area have since closed or moved overseas.
Notable residents of Cherokee County
- There are more than 11,000 Cherokee in western North Carolina, including more than 7,000 on the reservation alone.
- The original name of the Cherokee is Ani-Yun-Wiya.
- Each Cherokee village had two chiefs; a “Red Chief” in the winter and a “White Chief” in the summer.
- Cherokee society is matrilineal; children are members of their mother’s clan.
- The first European to make contact with the Cherokee was probably Hernando De Soto, in 1540.
- During the Revolutionary War, the Cherokee fought on the side of the British.