Andrew Journal | The Cherokee Scout

Eclipse 2017 to attract Influx of visitors

Are you ready for a gathering of thousands of people who will descend on Cherokee County for the total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017? Vendors are needed to step up and support this influx and meet needs of visitors and residents.

An area of concern is accommodations. There are hotels, motels, cabins and a few B&Bs. It is being suggested that homeowners with extra rooms to consider being an Air B&B. Tri-County Community College will be holding education classes on Air B&Bs and more.

Organizers are setting their sites on three locales that will be the best viewing stages for this rare heavenly event. Three meetings have already been held with preliminary plans to include education tutorials, specialties offered by local restaurants, craft and artisans stations and other participants from local clubs and businesses. Dec. 6 is the next date for the organizational meetings.

"A total eclipse of the Sun is a scene of unimaginable beauty: the Moon completely blocks the Sun, daytime becomes a deep twilight, and the Sun's corona shimmers in the darkened sky."

This is Cherokee County's chance to be on the world stage! The expected Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse will span the United States' mid section from Oregon and down into parts of South Carolina, centering over Andrews and in Murphy in Western North Carolina!

We will keep our readers updated on what is being planned for this big astronomical event. For more, visit This event is sure to bring an influx of visitors that will be seeking places to stay, eat, buy souvenirs and more. Stay tuned and don't be left out of perhaps this once in a lifetime adventure for our community. Email the Murphy Visitor Center with your suggestions on how your business, organization will be participating: We cannot express how important it is for the entire community to get onboard and help make this solar eclipse event memorable for generations.

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If you have questions or need assistance call 828-557-0602 or 828-557-2583. We will be happy to help.