AMT @ Dillsboro, NC
  

Historic Public Mural Art
"On Hallowed Ground"
Dillsboro, NC

Exit BR Parkway MilePost: 443
  Muralist: Doreyl Ammons Cain
Trail Member/Sponsor: Town of Dillsboro

Youth Artist Mural Mention #1

Mural Description

    Featured Mural - "On Hallowed Ground Mural"  Dillsboro is most unusual. Very little has been written about it, so at first finding information about Dillsboro was difficult for mural artist, Doreyl Ammons Cain. Beginning in December 2012 with the help of George Frizzell, Head of Special Collections at the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University; Tyler B. Howe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Historic Preservation Specialist and Amy Ammons Garza, the story finally unraveled.

    William Allen Dills was captured during the Civil War and was sent to prison in Camp Douglas Missouri. He found some books on numbers at the camp and studied about surveying. Once released he returned to Jackson County, where he became the county surveyor, met and married Alice Enloe. Together they built a home and farm overlooking Scotts Creek and the Tuckasegee River. In 1882 the first train into the area stopped on the Dills farm. So many people came that William laid out a whole town around where it stopped to service the visitors. The Jarrett House was the first hotel built and he laid out the rest of the town with streets and lots and established a mail line with covered wagons that traveled twenty one miles over a dirt road and Cowee Mountain to Franklin.

    Meanwhile in the neighboring Eastern Band of Cherokee reservation, 3rd Principle Chief Nimrod Jarrett Smith (Tsaladihi.) was making great changes for the Cherokee as well. A well-educated and well-spoken man, he was fluent in both Cherokee and English. He was elected Principal Chief in 1880 upon the death of his immediate predecessor, Lloyd Welch. He exercised unprecedented power over and influence among the Eastern Cherokee working actively for official US.. government recognition for the band as a tribe under federal law and was successful. He was also chiefly responsible for the incorporation of the Eastern Band as a legal entity by the North Carolina legislature.

    William Allen Dills, his wife Alice Enloe and Chief Nimrod Jarrett Smith are honored in this mural which has taken Doreyl Ammons Cain nine months to complete. A plaque honoring those who contributed was attached to the mural!

    Youth Mural - "Colorfest"   "ColorFest" Youth mural, painted during a youth mural painting workshop in Dillsboro, NC. The workshop was facilitated by Doreyl Ammons Cain to spotlight the young talent in Jackson County and to kick-off off the ColorFest fine arts festival in Dillsboro, NC in 2012. Participating in the mural workshop, these young folk did a great job actually painting this mural. These kids were ages 6 through 12 years old.

Artist Bio: Doreyl Ammons Cain

    Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Doreyl grew up drawing birds in the sand on the dirt roads around her home. She achieved a Masters of Art through California State University and has won numerous art awards including the Art in the Park Award. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian and created art for the film industry in California. Doreyl is now creating public art murals and art for book publication. She also has co-founded a non-profit organization called Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

    Doreyl's art is a celebration of life and her love of nature. Using vivid colors she explores shapes, design and expression. Coming from a career in biological art, she enjoys exploring the endless forms of natural life. Painting in pastels, acrylics and mixed media on various surfaces, she creates commissioned art for books, exhibits, collectors and hand signed and numbered fine art prints for festivals. Public Art is her greatest passion, for she believes that art should be shared in communities to uplift the spirit and raise awareness of life's beauty. Go to www.doreylart.com to see more works of fine art which illustrate the beauty of "little bits of Appalachia!"



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Comments


    comment by: Chelsea
Thank you so much for the quick response! I received my shirt and thoroughly enjoyed the trail! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this project!

    comment by: Debbie Dillion
Just came across your website and it is great! I plan to look for these murals in my travels. A phone app would be awesome.

    comment by: Carol
Lincolnton, NC, is loaded with murals! And I love them all!

    comment by: Barry & Cindy Beaulieu
we got to see the Fresco in W. Jefferson NC and is amazing ... we were on our two wheeler the Voyager... nature declares there is a God... everywhere you look... thanking ya'll so very very much...

    comment by: Vickie Sealock
    (Welcome Center Manager)

I love what you folks are doing. Several years ago we went to Exeter California to see their Mural trail. We spent hours in this little town looking at the murals and trying to find the hidden objects in each. We talked with the towns people, had lunch, shopped in the shops. I love the mural trails, and yours is going to be one of the best. Thanks for keeping us in the loop.

    comment by: Liz
Art is everywhere in Asheville! This gorgeous mural of Dolly Parton by Gus Cutty is the newest mural you'll see in town. Gus created the mural with spray paint in 3 days. See it for yourself at Beauty Parade on Haywood Rd in West Asheville.

    comment by: Karen
Roanoke murals are awesome to see... love the mural with girl floating in air... the poetry one was neat!

    comment by: Big Tom
This is great mural art, will be remembered a long time...

    comment by: Bob
This is very expansive mural, covers many walls inside the cradle building. Beautiful art mural, a must see!

    comment by: Dolly
Love the big murals!!!

    comment by: Lisa Patten
I love the mural trail. It's like seeing a gift at Christmas!

    comment by: Ann Barbare
Beautiful mural of Maggie Valley

    comment by: Jennifer
Love your mural artwork! The local references, the depiction of marvelous, beautiful, and colorful nature - landscapes, birds, animals, butterflies, and glorious flowers - invites close study and is very engaging!

    comment by: Carol
Looks like progress being made! Can't wait to see the mural at Joeys.

    comment by: anonymous
Can't wait to see this beautiful mural art in person at Joey's Pancake House

    comment by: Amy
I love your little sneak-a-peek view. Need more...

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