It still feels weird, living in the Nacoochee Valley folks!
Just wanted to explain to readers that I am extremely busy, moving in and renovating this house. I will not have time to write articles for awhile. I have been coming to this valley since age 8, when our family had friends living in one of the old houses that is now a bed and breakfast. During my college years I would take special young ladies up here from Atlanta for the Sunday brunch at the Old Sautee Inn. Throughout my adulthood, even while living in North Carolina and Virginia, in mid-December we would stop by the Old Sautee Store, which was owned by a Norwegian family, in order to get the “Spirit of Christmas.” From 2012 to 2016, I frequently drove over to the Valley to study its ruins. Now I drive by the Old Sautee Store, Sautee Inn and famous Nacoochee Mound nonchalantly on the way to get more boxes from a rental storage facility or to buy groceries at Ingles Supermarket. The feeling is surrealistic. So many memories for so many years . . . of this special place being an unattainable Shangri la . . . but now it is real.
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