Old Sign at Cowee Bald
The Cowee Community Development
Organization's (CCDO) Mission:        

"Working to preserve the heritage, quality of life,
and beauty of Cowee Township"
About CCDO:        
Originally founded in 1953 to support the growing Cowee  
Community, CCDO celebrates 60 years of community activity and
support. During this period the organization has grown, not only
in size, but also in it's importance to the Cowee Community.
Cowee Community Development Organization is a 501(C) (3)
Non-Profit Organization.

More than 20 years of community fund raising efforts went into the
start of the Cowee Volunteer Fire Department. The community
received their first truck in 1982, and the Department began
meeting Thursday nights at the Cowee School. By the fall of 1990,
the community was committed to the building of a firehouse and
community center, and began with a formal ground breaking. In
July of 1991 Cowee Volunteer Fire Department met county and
state certification, and in 1992 the upstairs Community building
facility was finished and temporary power was given to the
Firehouse. The official Firehouse ribbon cutting came on June
22, 1996 marking the completion of a six year building project.

CCDO continues to work closely in support of the Cowee
Volunteer Fire and Rescue as it has for many years. In addition,
we continue to support local community interests in the Cowee
School, as well as ongoing beautification efforts throughout the
township. We have undertaken many projects throughout the
years, including the restoration of Pleasant Hill AME Church and
cemetery, and will continue to work for the preservation of the
Cowee/West's Mill Historic District..

CCDO has a long term working relationship with the highway
department supporting regular roadside trash pickups
throughout the Cowee Community.

Over the 2007-2008 winter a committee of CCDO members and
prior officers met and developed new By-laws that amended
the CCDO organizational structure.

The new By-laws were presented to the membership,
voted on and adopted at the January 2008 meeting
by a 2/3+ majority vote.

CCDO is now led by an elected Board of Directors
comprised of nine (9) members including:
Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Secretary, Treasurer,
and 5 directors.
Cowee Community Development Organization
About Cowee Community
Development Organization
Our View From Above
the Clouds!!
The beautiful Little Tennessee
(Photo by Ralph Preston)
(Photo by Ralph Preston)
(Photo by Ralph Preston)
Pleasant Hill AME Church
Local Wild Turkey
Cowee Photo Album
We are proud to share the photography of Ralph Preston. Ralph has done an
extraordinary job of capturing the beauty of Cowee. You can visit Ralph's website by
clicking on his link on our Links page.

We would also like to add photography you may have that helps to depict the beauty and
history of Cowee. If you have some photos to share please contact us, simply email the
photos to info@coweenc.com. You can also mail your pictures, we will scan them, and
return the originals undamaged.
(Photo by Ralph Preston)
(Photo by Ralph Preston)
(Photo by Ralph Preston)

Landscapes Initiativ
After several months of
information gathering,
interviews with citizens of
Cowee, a "Charrette"
designed and executed
especially for us here in
Cowee, The Lawrence Group
presented their initial findings
to CCDO on Monday June
23rd, 2008.

A large group listened as
Craig Lewis of the Lawrence
Group presented the initial
"Tool Box" items. The final
written Tool Box document is
now available for your review.

Please visit the Landscapes
Initiative website to view
videos and read more about
the initiative and toolbox

Mountain Landscapes

In addition to the opening
video, make sure you page
down to the Macon County;
Cowee: Cultural Landscape

Monthly Meeting:
4th Monday each
month at
6:30 pm
Join us to learn
whats happening
your community!

to Cowee!!!

For the third year in a
row, CCDO was awarded
the 2015
"Community of Promise"
by the WNC Communities

We are

We now have
Cowee tee shirts
and Hats. Just
$15.00 each!!

The New Cowee
License Tags are
now Available.
Designed to look
much like our new
entry signs, they
look great!

Buy yours today for
only $12.00.

Available at the
CCDO Monthly
Cowee Convenience
or call
Installing The Quilt Square
Bronze Plaque Celebrating Pleasant Hill Church
on the National Register of Historic Places
NCDOT Signs for the Historic District
"Pickin on the Porch" at Rickman's Store
New Cowee Welcome Sign in English and Cherokee
Highway 28
NC Scenic Byway
Rickman Store