Hello again, fellow Appalachians.
The Appalachian Mountains are home to some of the most serene views in the world and are the oldest mountains in the United States, aged over 480 million years. They are also filled with endless amounts of historical facts, but what also makes them unique is the mysterious stories and moments that hide within them – stories and moments that can come alive before your very eyes.
Above the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, right outside of Cherokee, North Carolina, are mysterious lights called the Thomas Divide Lights. These lights have remained a mystery to everyone who has seen them, and to this date, there is still no confirmed case as to what they really are. In Cherokee, they are called the “Little People,” carrying their torches throughout the ridgetops and within the mountains.
Jerry Wolfe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prominent elder and Beloved Man, once described his encounter with the Thomas Divide Lights when he was 16 years old. He and his friend were walking home when they noticed the erratic behavior of the lights, and at first glance, they thought they were cars. Jerry and his friend later investigated the area where the Big Cove Community meets the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and they determined that there was no way the lights were car headlights because there is no highway there. That area is the roughest terrain around.