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Near Helen in White County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Early Trading Post

 
 
Early Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
1. Early Trading Post Marker
Inscription. At this point, just north of the safest ford in the Chattahoochee River, the first white settlers in this area built their campfires in 1822. A trading post was soon established on the site and Indians traded gold nuggets and gold-dust to the settlers for merchandise. The first Nacoochee post office was established at the trading post with Charles Williams, son of one of the first settlers, serving as Postmaster for more than 50 years. To this same site in 1838 soldiers gathered the Indians from surrounding valleys and highlands to begin their “Trail of Tears” to the West.
 
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 154-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, and the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 34° 40.876′ N, 83° 41.95′ W. Marker is near Helen, Georgia, in White County. Marker is on Unicoi Turnpike (Georgia Route 17) 0.7 miles east of Helen Highway (Georgia Route 75), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helen GA 30545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nacoochee Valley (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nacoochee Indian Mound
Early Trading Post Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 18, 2011
2. Early Trading Post Marker
Looking east on Georgia Highway 17, the Unicoi Turnpike
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Bishop Marvin A. Franklin (approx. 0.6 miles away); White Methodist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Unicoi Turnpike (approx. mile away); Discovery of Gold (approx. 1.1 miles away); Stovall Mill Covered Bridge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cleveland (approx. 6.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Helen.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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