Muphy Public Library has been in its present location since the summer of 1976, with Head Librarian Dotsy Carringer(1925-2007). Since then the town of Murphy has welcomed Emory Ricketson, Becky Stiles, Teresa Thomas, and Jeff Murphy as Head Librarians.
The Murphy Public Library Hours are as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm Thursday: 9:00am - 9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday: Closed
The Library offers the following: Children's Storytime, Monday mornings @ 10:00 for preschool age. Thursday night movies: 6:00pm
Internet service is available to patrons with a valid library card and no overdues or fines. Books, books-on-cassette and CD, Videos, DVD's and music CD's.
According to many genealogists, our Genealogy Room is one of the best historical sections in Western North Carolina, and possibly the state.
The L&N Depot (circa 1887) - Was the meeting place of the Southern (originally the Carolina Railroad) and the Louisville & Nashville (originally the Georgia Railroad). What remains is the freight area. The grand station was torn down shortly after the railroad pulled up the tracks in 1974.
Both railroads met at the river and were unable to cross it due to a group of Murphy businessmen and New York investors who chartered a railroad called the Hiawassee Railroad Company and set up a blockade to keep the L&N and Southern railroads from meeting. Passengers and freight had to be ferried across the river to the depot.
Georgia Railroad went to court to condemn the property and finally put its tracks across the river to the present depot site 12 years later. Murphy now boasts the smallest railroad in the country with a short spur of tracks, a boxcar, and a caboose. The last train to leave out of Murphy was a trip to Andrews over the July 4 weekend of 1992. There are currently plans to restore the train cars and start running lighter weight trains through the Andrews Murphy Valley once again.
Pyramid (circa 1930) - Hitchcock Coit was a very colorful lady who traveled extensively and spent time in Egypt. She had this pyramid erected in honor of her grandfather, ARS Hunter who was the first white settler in the area. He had a trading post and traded with the Cherokee and the soldiers. He built a toll bridge across the river, ran a ferry, served as the first postmaster of Murphy and architect for one of the earlier courthouses. His name, those of his wife and niece are inscribed on the pyramid. Some say that the bodies lie buried beneath the base of the pyramid, but this has not been confirmed.
The park was developed over a period of years, adding different aspects as time passed.
Presently the facility includes a river walk, baseball fields, soccer field, tennis courts, and most recently a new, multi-million dollar pool and gym complex. In addition there is a kiddie park and picnic area.
The park is supported jointly by the Town of Murphy and Cherokee County. The facility is maintained by a full time county staff that keeps the ground in excellent condition.
The entire facility has a huge lighting system that allows a variety of night activities and sports.
For more information telephone: (828)-837-6617 or contact: "Pee-Wee" Davis, Maintenance Director.
Murphy River Walk
"Murphy River Walk is a wonderful 3 mile walking trail that starts in Konehete Park and follows the Hiwassee River and Valley Riverwhich meet and surround the historic town center of Murphy NC.
Along the walkway there are picnic areas with BBQ grills, fishing pier that protrudes out over the river, as well as swings that are placed under the shaded trees which allow you sway back and forth and enjoy the wildlife and soothing sounds of the river going by...."