The Lake Glenville community in Western North Carolina

Posted by Jochen | Posted in Living in WNC, Real Estate News | Posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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The Town of Glenville………Western North Carolina’s Best Kept Secret

Originally named Hamburgh (and later Hamburg), it is believed that the Glenville community in the mountains of Western North Carolina was initially settled in 1827 as a frontier fort to protect early settlers from attacks by the native Cherokee Indians. In time, the fledgling town grew and thrived due to the wealth of natural resources in the area and the industries of lumbering, mining and tanning. Incorporated as Glenville in 1891, unlike some of the other communities along the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, it was not originally known as a resort destination – as the lake itself did not exist until the early 1940’s. Over the course of 14 months during 1940 and 1941, Nantahala Power and Light constructed a hydroelectric dam on the Tuskegee River to form Lake Glenville and supply their company with more power to produce much-needed aluminum to build warplanes during World War II. On a fateful day in October 1941, the creation of the dam and filling of the lake nearly destroyed the town by flooding many of the schools, churches, farms, homes and businesses in the town to a depth of 300 feet.

Lake Glenville in the Fall

Lake Glenville in the Fall

Today, new life has returned to the town of Glenville – thanks in large part to the lake that once threatened to bury her forever. Now considered by many to be the heart of the Glenville community – at 3,942 feet above sea level – Lake Glenville is the highest lake east of the Mississippi. Fed by five tributaries and a network of creeks and streams, the lake offers 26 miles of stunning shoreline, a pristine water surface area of over 1,400 acres, and glorious scenery all around. The high elevation provides pleasant climates year round, as well as incredible views of the lake, mountains, forest and waterfalls that are common in the region. Whether fishing, boating or swimming in this extraordinary lake, once you set foot in Lake Glenville, gently stirring her glassy surface, you’ll feel a stirring in your own heart. This feeling keeps visitors returning year after year, as they continue to build upon their special memories of days spent at the lake. Lake Glenville serves as a major draw for visitors from all over the Southeast, as well as vacation homeowners and year-round residents of this beautiful mountain and lake community.

Lake Glenville is located in close proximity to the historic resort village of Cashiers, providing its residents with an opportunity to shop and dine to their heart’s content. Homes on Lake Glenville offer a perfect balance for dream home seekers who can’t decide between a waterfront home and a mountain retreat. A handful of Glenville communities provide a country club environment, all of which celebrate the natural beauty of the region. Some of Glenville’s unique communities include Bear Lake Reserve, Big Ridge, Bridge Creek, Buck Knob Island, Buck Knob Landing, Cullowhee Forest, Glen Laurel, Glenshore, Sims Valley, Stonebridge, Stone Point, Summer Cove, Summer Hill and Trillium (click here to read more about Trillium).

This time of year, as thoughts turn to the holidays – visitors may be pleased to learn that Glenville is also famous (at least in these parts) for its Christmas Tree Farms. The breeze up here is fragrant with the scent of Frasier Firs from growers such as Tom Sawyer’s Christmas Tree Farms and Hutch’s Mountain Trees. A steady stream of cars can be seen driving through town and down the mountain with a freshly cut tree mounted to the roof. Consider making the drive up to Glenville to see this very special community firsthand, tour some homes with the talented team of brokers at Silver Creek Real Estate Group and drive back down the mountain with a perfectly picked Christmas tree of your own. We’re fairly certain you’ll have more than sugarplums dancing through your head at day’s end. To add something very special to your holiday wish list, view available property and homes for sale in Glenville by clicking here. For more information or to schedule a personalized tour of Glenville, contact Silver Creek at 828-743-1999.

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