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Beliefs Set in Stone

 
 
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By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
1. Beliefs Set in Stone Marker
Inscription.
To a giant, Table Rock could be exactly what its name suggests -- a 3,124'-high table made of granite. To eat at this table, the giant would need a seat -- Stool Mountain at 2,600' served this purpose.

This is how the Cherokee saw the memorable landscape before you. Their beliefs, shaped by their environment, featured an enormous spirit who loomed over this mountain range, his shadow forming the bluish haze. Sha-ka-na-ga, meaning "Great Blue Hills of God," was the name given this place.

Settlers, influenced by the story of the gigantic chieftain dining here, preserved the legend when naming the landmarks.
 
Erected by South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
 
Location. 35° 2.092′ N, 82° 41.567′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Table Rock State Park Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the grounds of Table Rock State Park, in a location known as the Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Pickens SC 29671, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Civilian Conservation Corps
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By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
2. Beliefs Set in Stone Marker
Magazine articles from the 1840s are the earliest written sources of the Cherokee legend about this site. The 19th-century lithograph at right shows the chieftain's "table" and "stool" from the northeast side of the mountain.
(approx. half a mile away); A CCC Classic (approx. half a mile away); Parkitecture (approx. half a mile away); Table Rock State Park (approx. one mile away); Granite and Gravity (approx. one mile away); Pumpkintown (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cornelius Keith - 1715-1808 (approx. 3.5 miles away); Cornelius Keith (approx. 4 miles away); Oolenoy Baptist Church (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pickens.
 
Also see . . .
1. Table Rock State Park. Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Submitted on April 29, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park is a 3,083-acre (12.48 km2) park at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Pickens County, South Carolina. (Submitted on April 29, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Table Rock State Park Historic District. Table Rock State Park Historic District is significant for its cultural and social
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By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
3. Beliefs Set in Stone Marker
Table Rock became a tourist destination in the early 1800s. Its fame spread via word of mouth and postcards like this one from the 1930s.
relationship to the history and prehistory of the area within the state park boundaries and is also architecturally significant as an example of the construction of a state park by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). (Submitted on April 29, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Beliefs Set in Stone Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
4. Beliefs Set in Stone Marker
Beliefs Set in Stone Marker<br>Table Rock and Stool Mountain in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
5. Beliefs Set in Stone Marker
Table Rock and Stool Mountain in Background
Table Rock and Stool Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 27, 2010
6. Table Rock and Stool Mountain
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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