What’s behind the name?

The Settlement at Thomas Divide, how did we land up with this name?   The short answer would be that we have settled, nestled right up against the great Smoky Mountains National Park, often only feet away from the Thomas Divide trail, which runs on the edge of the Park up behind our property,  to Thomas Ridge (Divide) and on to end at Rt. 441.

But Thomas, where does this name come from?   William Holland Thomas was born in 1805 in what is now Waynesville.   Aged 15 he was apprenticed to US Congressman Felix Walker to help run a trading post in the heart of the Cherokee nation.   He quickly became part of the family of the Cherokee Chief Yonaguska, and upon his death became chief.   Thomas remained a devoted advocate for the Cherokee nation his entire life, straddling both the worlds of the Cherokee and of an American citizen when he served in the state congress, helping to protect the Cherokee people from the relocation movement.   Using both his own funds, and monies from the Cherokee people he bought up large parcels of land, which today make up most of the land included in the the Qualla Boundary within the Cherokee Indian reservation.

One of the two faces of William Holland Thomas

The other face of Thomas



Oconaluftee River Trail

“The Oconaluftee River Trail travels 1.5 miles one-way from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center to the outskirts of Cherokee, NC. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills. The trail runs through the forest along side the Oconaluftee River and offers beautiful views of the river. It’s also a pet and bike friendly trail!”
Oconaluftee River Trail

The Oconaluftee River Trail can be found alongside Mountain Farm Museum in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A Great Day at Ponie Express

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Thank you everyone for coming, we all had a great time!   The Babes and the Bubbas added great fun to their walk, and the Gal’s Horsin Around team got out bright and early, and back in time to miss nothing at the lunch table!


Hello everyone, we are having a Hike and Ride on our property, The Settlement at Thomas Divide in Bryson City , on Saturday June 25, to raise money for breast cancer survivors.   I do hope you will be able to join us.   We would love you to join together with your friends, and form a “team”, just register under that team name, and maybe win an award to be given at our awards dinner .

We are starting the day at 8.00 am with coffee and a light breakfast, for those who would like to ride or hike the three mile course, and then set of on their own into the Park to make a day of it.   For those who would prefer to just hike or ride the property, come a little later, enjoy some lunch if you will, enjoy your ride or hike (which you can cut shorter if you will).   After this, please explore the vendors and enjoy a beautiful afternoon in the Smoky Mountains!

For more information you can go to http://thomasdivide.com/upcomingevents.html , to register for the event,you can go to www.womenshorseindustry.com .   If you prefer to call, Carol @ 828 788 3648 or email me carol@thomasdivide.com .

For those who might like to know more about this charity that helps breast cancer survivors in need, please read the following story:

Renee Wasnik-Soto passed away at 40-years-old last fall. She truly epitomized the Equestrian Aid Foundation’s mission to assist those suffering with a catastrophic illnesses and injuries. She was a USEF “R” judge, trainer and instructor at a hunter/jumper “ranch” in Arizona. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, which later metastasized to her brain and liver. Renee was fortunate to have a respite of remission, however, when the cancer returned early last year,it did so with a vengeance.

Five tumors were found in Renee’s brain, but only two could be removed by surgery. The others were treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapies. During this time, her sister told us, “all Renee wants to do is get back to teaching her kids.”

She requested that the Equestrian Aid Foundation respect her anonymity during her medical treatment, however, asked us to share her story posthumously. Like many EAF recipients, Renee was a pillar in the equestriancommunity and showed her strength throughout her illness. She continued to be  grateful for her ability to get up each morning and go to the barn.

The Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to equestrians, horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from catastrophic illnesses and injuries.The EAF funds medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses – such as housing and food – throughout a time of need.



Thank you, and hope to see you this Saturday, June 25!

Be Active, Be Outdoors, Be At Home …

Endless Mountain Views at Thomas Divide

Be Active, Be Outdoors, Be At Home in our New Mountain
Community with a Beautiful Equine Facility

The Settlement at Thomas Divide has everything you might look for in a Mountain Community.   Easily accessible homesites, surrounding large pastures with stunning views of the Smoky Mountains.   A community of people who love the beauty of the Park for its trout fishing streams, and easy acess to its unsurpassed trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding.   Enjoy our community with its warm and friendly atmosphere, and people who share your love of an outdoor lifestyle.

And to top it all off, while our community adjoins the 500,000 aces of wilderness in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is also just a few minutes away from downtown Bryson City and Cherokee.   Small mountain towns with great charm, fine dining, and many activities.   Asheville is an easy hours drive away, with great theatre, music and shopping.

Summer is a beautiful time to ride in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Join us at Thomas Divide. Call for details 828 788 1313 Thomas Divide