Mailing Address:
Cowee Community Development Organization
P.O. Box 162
Franklin, NC 28744

Physical Location:

Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center
51 Cowee School Drive
Franklin, NC 28734
Board Member Phone #s:
Chairman:           Leon Ditch                        828-369-6240
Vice Chmn          Cathy Bischof                  828-347-1409
Secretary:            Don Mattoon                    828-349-6424
Treasurer           Claudette Dillard           
Director               Sherry Bateman              828-369-0750
Judi Mitchell                     828-279-7064  
Director                Frankabelle Scruggs    828-524-3597
 Alan Newton                   828-524-0604
Director                Emily McBride                828-421-3464
Directions to the Macon County Heritage Center
at the Historic Cowee School::
We are located in the heart of the Cowee-West's Mill Historic District Cowee Valley.
From Highway 28 turn onto Cowee Creek road. The school will be on your right.
We enjoy feedback:
We appreciate your feedback, please contact us with your suggestions as we are
always looking for new ways to serve the community. Better yet, please join us at one
of our regular monthly meetings. A great chance to get involved in your community, and
get to know your neighbors!!
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Cowee Community Development Organization
How to reach us:
Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center
A View From Cowee Bald
CCDO Member Goals/Status:
Short Term Goals:
  • Scenic Byway designation for Highway 28     (Complete)
  • Implement Mountain Landscape Initiative Tool Box
  • Cowee Trails   (underway)                                             
  • Complete restoration of Post Office in West's Mill
  • Create mass mailing to all Cowee Township residents inviting them
    to participate in CCDO and provide help and support with our goals.
  • Establish fund raising goals (ongoing)
  • Get more young people involved in CCDO (ongoing)
  • Get members of the community to volunteer at local schools
  • Develop and provide welcome package for new residents         
  • Create events committee (Complete)
  • Provide after school activities for children
  • Meet with property owners in the Historic District to seek their
    support for ongoing preservation (Ongoing)

Long Term Goals:

  • Work to establish better public access in Cowee to the Little
    Tennessee River  (Complete)
  • Continue exploration of the acquisition of Cowee School (Complete)
  • Restoration of the Heart of the Historic District
  • Historical Designation Signs/Property Plaques (Complete)
  • Work with Historical District Property Owners/Cleanup
  • Establish Community Land Use Planning

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