The Glenville community surrounds a large man-made lake with 26 miles of shore-line at 3,500 feet above sea level. The lake is the highest of its size east of the Mississippi River and is a favorite place for aquatic recreation.
The lake itself was not created until 1940-41, when Nantahala Power and Light Company — owned by ALCOA — constructed a dam on the Tuckaseigee River. The hydro-electric dam provided more electricity to help make aluminum for the war effort. The creation of the lake flooded Glenville’s schools, homes, businesses and farmlands.
Today, the community is settled along the shores with several second hand vacation homes, boating businesses and small shops. The new Pines Recreation Area is a new addition to the area, with a beach and swimming area right on the lake. There is a marina in Glenville and the Friends of Lake Glenville host fireworks every July.