A little bit about Nolichuckey Bluffs….
Chief ADAHY of the Cherokee Indian Nation stands at the bend in the "treacherous river" - the Nolichucky River. From the bluff far above the river, he surveys the surrounding woods, the flowing water, and the majestic mountains.
His people have survived a long winter.
Now he knows they can find serenity in this small haven nestled at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
1985, Brooke and Pat Sadler stand on the very same bluff as Chief Adahy as they envision what Nolichuckey Bluffs can be - a place where friends come to find serenity, peace, and an idyllic place to rest among nature in Greene County.
They have traveled the world and lived in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, Michigan, and Orlando.
Now they are ready to settle down in the foothills of the Smokies.
When you step into Gramma’s Cupboard, you will quickly feel the world travels of the Sadler Family. The dolls are Pat’s. The trains belong to Brooke. The elephants are from the island of Sri Lanka. The carpet loom reminds us of time spent in Pakistan and India. Brooke and Pat have a very large extended family and are known as ‘mom and dad’ to many kids from all over the world. Their son Kevin and his wife Astrid live and work in Orlando, Florida; their youngest daughter Priyanthi Janelle who is originally from Sri Lanka lives in Orlando; and their middle child Pam who is originally from Pakistan and now runs Nolichuckey Bluffs.
Brooke was an educator – President of two K-16 schools overseas, and then President of the Florida Hospital Foundation in Orlando. Pam followed in his footsteps and became a fundraiser as well. It used to be a joke that if Sadler and Sadler were coming to see you, you better hide your checkbook. Both Brooke and Pam have raised money for many charitable causes, and have trained professional fundraisers throughout the US and world.
Pat is an RN and served as the school nurse while overseas. She got inducted into tropical medicine and cared for not only the students, but often the community as well. In addition to being nurse, Pat also homeschooled both Kevin and Pam through the 8th grade. They then went off to Singapore for high school.
Nolichuckey Bluffs began in the eighties with the purchase of the 1930’s log cabin. Brooke thought a ‘mountain cabin’ would be fun to have. The rest of us thought he was crazy. Soon thereafter, he began to scheme on how to expand the property and today it includes eight vacation cabins, a grist mill, wedding chapel, organic farm, disc golf, and did we mention the fire truck?!
As a family-owned business, we are blessed to have wonderful staff that help keep Nolichuckey Bluffs running smoothly. Debra will most likely be the one to prepare your breakfast – you can only hope that’s the case as she makes the best pancakes ever.
Make sure you take the time to wander the large cold-frame and learn how important a farm to table experience is today. You might also run into a WOOFer (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) who is passing through.
The jams and jellies you’ll have at breakfast are from berries grown and harvested right here at Nolichuckey Bluffs, and we have honey bees, and fruit trees as well.
So, now you know a little bit about us.
As our guests, we trust you will find quiet respite in the birds singing, changing mountain colors as the sun sets, a friendly raccoon, and the countless stars that grace the sky each night.
If you choose to leave your front porch, we’ll treat you like family.
And by the way, we would love to have you share your story or even write an ending to Chief Adahy’s Nolichuckey Bluffs story.
Please share it in the journal you’ll find in your cabin.