Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture

Major Professor

Curtis E. Stewart

Committee Members

Thomas K. Davis, Samuel Rogers


“In the 1700’s it was impossible to visit what is now known as western North Carolina without encountering the Cherokee. For the well traveled, it still is.”

In 2007, the above quote was used in a marketing campaign by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to attract tourists to the town of Cherokee, NC. Beginning in the early 1900’s, Cherokee evolved into a tourist destination because of the beautiful location, the historical importance and the offering of authentic cultural attractions. Millions of people traveled to Cherokee throughout the 1900’s just to get a glimpse of Cherokee life and be exposed to the Cherokee people of today. However, over the past few years, most visitors are attracted to Cherokee for the chance of striking it rich at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

The purpose of this thesis is to redevelop a strategic site in Cherokee that will serve as a central marketplace for the town. This area should be designed in a way that is respectful and reflective of the Cherokee people, their history and their culture. This site will serve as a hub to visitors and a location for local residents to utilize on a day-to-day basis. This site will serve as a template for future development and redevelopment in the town that in hopes will restore a very special “Sense of Place.”

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