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Welcome to Long House Funeral Home
Welcome to our website. Long House Funeral Home is first funeral home in North Carolina that is dedicated to serving the specific needs of the Cherokee People along with the greater Western North Carolina communities.
We provide individualized funeral services designed to meet the needs of each family. Our staff of dedicated professionals is available to assist you in making funeral service arrangements. From casket choices to funeral flowers, we will guide you through all aspects of the funeral service.
We invite you to contact us with your questions, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“First Funeral Home of the First People”
Dedicated to all those who died during the removal of 1838-1840 and to the memory of all those who risked their lives to stay behind so that we, their descendants, might be able to remain in our native homeland.
It is the legendary belief of the Cherokee that they were the “First People”. Long House Funeral Home is therefore the First Funeral Home of the First People. Our name, Long House, comes from the ancient time of the Woodland Indian tribes of the Eastern United States who commonly had longhouses as gathering places for tribal functions, such as feasts, dances, and funerals. We have chosen our name carefully as it also serves as a descriptive term for our facility, which is obviously a long house. It was originally built as Soco School in the 1930’s and served in that function until the late 1960’s when it became Soco Daycare.
In 1995 the daycare moved to a new building and the old school stood empty for a time. In 2004 we opened our other company, Native Clans Casket Company in the old school. We reconfigured that company but still customize caskets on a at need and preneed basis. On July 10, 2009, we held our open house and dedication for the new funeral home.
To the best of our knowledge, we are the first funeral home to operate on the Qualla Boundary. We are Native American owned and operated. We are pleased to now be able to care for our own in our own community.
It is the legendary belief of the Cherokee that they were the “First People"
Whether a death is sudden or expected, the loss of a loved one is indescribable. When you are in a heightened emotional state, even the most basic decisions can seem staggering.
A funeral director will guide you through all of these steps, using your wants, needs and desires as a foundation to create a memorable funeral for your loved one. From here the funeral services can be personalized. Did your loved one have a favorite sports team? What was their favorite type of music? What activity was your loved one known best for? Sharing these memories with the grieving process and will allow you to pay tribute to the life of your loved one.
Please contact us at anytime if a death has occured.
The first funeral home to operate on the Qualla Boundary
Taking the time to arrange your funeral now leaves one less thing your loved ones will need to worry about once you’ve passed. We are here to help you every step of the way.
While people spend months planning events like weddings and trips, few think about the one event that is certain to happen: their funeral. While most people do not want to think about their own mortality, the time to pre-plan your funeral is now. The primary advantage of pre-arranging your funeral is to relieve the burden on your loved ones in an emotional time, and to ensure your funeral is carried out according to your wishes, eliminating the task of second-guessing what you would have wanted. Pre-planning and pre-paying your funeral is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to your family.
Native American Owned & Operated
Dedicated to serving the Cherokee Communuity
Long House Funeral Home
407 Wolftown Road
Cherokee, NC 29710
Phone: 828-497-1408 Fax: (828) 497-2801