From the stop sign at the intersection of Meyers Chapel Road and NC 69 make a right. Continue to the traffic light at US 64. Make a left at this light. Continue .7 of a mile and make a left turn on to Old US 64, toward Warne.
The community of Warne is located about 4.5 miles on Old 64. There are many farms and meadows along the way. You can see a chapel high on the left. The road curves sharply to the right and passes Hogsed’s Store. Driving 2.6 miles from Warne is the Ogden School, a brick building on the left, that was the third consolidated school built in Clay County, completed in 1926.
Continuing on Old 64 from the school, in 2.6 miles you will reach “The Historic Mountain Valley Creamery.” Dairy farming was a big industry and farmers brought their fresh milk to be processed here. The building was built in 1935.
The building has been renovated and currently houses the Highlander Gallery, a fine arts, photography and craft gallery, and showcases both local and regional artist. The Galley also hosts artist workshops, classes and special events throughout the year.
From the Creamery continue .9 of a mile on Old 64 toward Brasstown and pass Settawig Road. Here, you will find Arts & Crafts shops, Artist Galleries, Massage, Antiques, Farmer’s Markets, and more. If you continue to the old gas station you will be at Clay’s Corner, famous for the New Year’s Eve ‘Possum Drop. The John C. Campbell Folk School is just across the bridge.
When leaving Brasstown return to Settawig Road and turn left. At .3 of a mile is the site of the slave quarters and kitchen for the Harshaw plantation, one of the largest plantations in the area. Farther down the road, at Payne’s field and air strip, 811 Settawig Rd., is the venue for the annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Festival held here every October. You’ll see airplane hangars. Plane rides are available during the event. Check the www.ncmtnchamber.com for other events also planned at this location.
Continue on Settawig to the stop sign on Hwy 64.
From here, continue the FIRES CREEK LOOP