village was once called, was settled around 1850, and is located in the Plum-City northeast section of the mountains in. North Carolina Thornton Central Piedmont Region Central North Carolina includes thecounties between the Atlantic Ocean counties and the Smoky/Blue Ridge Mountains. Raleigh, the state capital is in Wake County. Cullowhee North Carolina Cullowhee, Rutledge North Carolina. The community of Cullowhee NC is home to Western Carolina University, a member of the University of North Carolina system, and is located.