**HAYWOOD COUNTY – Heart of the Great Smokies
Fresh adventure? Come and get it.
This place is absolutely gorgeous. We’re smack dab in the middle of the North Carolina Smoky Mountains, so prepare yourself for a vacation chock full of outdoor adventure, cultural delights, farm-to-table restaurants, unique shopping, farmers markets, craft breweries, mountain music, and anything else a fun-forward traveler could ever dream of. Click here for What to do, Where to stay when you visit the Smokies.
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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