“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Vonore in Monroe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Cherokee Heritage Trails

Tsalagi Usdi Nvnohi

Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
1. Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker
Inscription. Cherokee Heritage Trails (Tsalagi Usdi Nvnohi) wind through the mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, in the heart of Cherokee homelands that once encompassed more than 140,000 square miles. Here, where Cherokee people have lived for thousands of years, visitors can explore places of myth and legend sites of villages, memorials, museums, and other places of significance in the Cherokee story.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has more than 13,000 members. Many live on or near the Qualls Boundary, tribal lands that include the town of Cherokee, North Carolina. Annual festivals and events at some trail sites offer opportunities to meet Cherokee storytellers, basket weavers, stone carvers, wood carvers, gospel singers musicians and other artists from the Eastern Band. Enjoy sampling traditional foods, watching Cherokee stickball games, and hearing the Cherokee language.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the main interpretive center for the Cherokee Heritage Trails, is a good place to begin. It tells the story of the Cherokee people through an award winning interactive exhibit that gives an overview of Cherokee heritage and experience. Owned and operated by tribal members, this museum is located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the main population center for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Other interpretive

Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
2. Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker
centers serve as starting points for many sites and one day scenic drives.

In North Carolina
Junaluska Memorial and Museum in Robinsonville presents the Snowbird Cherokee community and the story of Junaluska.

Scottish Tartans Museum in Franklin orients visitors to Cherokee Middle Towns locations along the Little Tennessee River and describes the relationships of the Scots and Cherokees.

Cherokee County Historical Museum in Murphy interprets the Trail of Tears and the “leech place” of Cherokee lore.

In Tennessee
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore focuses on Sequoyah and the Overhill Cherokee towns.

Red Clay State Historic Area commemorates 19th century Cherokee life and the removal of Cherokees from eastern Tennessee.

In Georgia
New Echota State Historic Site near Calhoun interprets 19th century Cherokee renaissance and removal.

The Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook provides maps, photographs, stories and perspectives of Cherokee people to help visitors explore sites that cluster near these centers. Find updates on trial sites, a calendar of events, a Cherokee Artist Directory and more on the website
Erected by Cherokee Heritage Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the

Distant photo of the Museum grounds image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
3. Distant photo of the Museum grounds
Trail of Tears marker series.
Location. 35° 34.782′ N, 84° 12.966′ W. Marker is in Vonore, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 360. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum-Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Vonore TN 37885, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tennessee Overhill Experience-From Furs to Factories (within shouting distance of this marker); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Loudon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Loudoun (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cherokee Villages (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sequoyah (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vonore.
Categories. Native Americans
Sign at entrance to the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
4. Sign at entrance to the Memorial
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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