The History of Robbinsville

The first court house was built in 1874, the same year that the town was listed under the title of Robbinsville.  Not long after the construction of the building, a historic murder trial was held and interested such a large audience that the floor collapsed causing the trial to be relocated to a nearby store. Robbinsville’s early economy was primarily based around agriculture for more than a century.  Crops included chickens, corn, Christmas trees, and most importantly tobacco.  Later on in the early 20th century, the economy seen a small shift as industrial manufacturers brought plants and factories to the area that specialized in textiles, cheese, lumber, and furniture. Toward the end of the 20th century, the agricultural industry had become less important as tourism started flourishing due to the area’s picturesque mountains.

Although small, don’t let the size fool you – Robbinsville is the gateway to many natural and man-made attractions, including Fontana Dam [the 2nd highest dam in the United States], the Cherohala Skyway, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, US 129: Tail of the Dragon, and the Cheoah River.            Several movies were filmed within Graham County and around Robbinsville in the 1990s including Nell, starring Jodie Foster, and The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford.  More recent productions associated with Robbinsville include Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners and National Geographic’s Smoky Mountain Money.Notable individuals associated with the Town of Robbinsville include country music singer Ronnie Milsap, NASCAR drive Rodney Orr, and fallen hero Chief Junaluska of
the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Other Notable Information:Graham County has only one high school, which is Robbinsville High, home of the Black Knights. The high school holds the NCHSAA record for most football state championships (13) of any school 1A-4AA.  Robbinsville is located in Graham County, which is the last dry county in the state of North Carolina. Although, some resorts and lodges do fall into categories that legally allow them to serve and sell alcohol.