Near Canton in Madison County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
About 1812 William Doak established his stand or tavern on the Natchez Trace which is five miles north of the Parkway at this point. The Treaty of Doaks Stand was signed there in 1820.
Because “he conducted himself respectfully toward those who called at his house ... and made considerable improvement on the land,” Doak was given sole right to purchase his land after it was opened for settlement.
When the Robinson Road took traffic from the Natchez Trace, the stand was moved to the crossing of the Choctaw Boundary and the new road – about a half a mile north of here.
The line of trees crossing the Parkway immediately to your left marks a section of the boundary accepted by the Choctaw Indians and an American commission under Andrew Jackson in the Treaty of Doaks Stand, October 20, 1820. You are on the Choctaw side of the boundary.
The Choctaws reluctantly gave to the United States the land west of the line from “White Oak Spring, on the old Indian Path ... northwardly to a black oak standing on the Natchez Road about forty poles eastwardly from Doak’s fence, marked A.J. and blazed ...”
The area surrendered by the Choctaw Nation amounted to
Erected by National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 32° 38.575′ N, 89° 47.786′ W. Marker is near Canton, Mississippi, in Madison County. Marker is on Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 128.4), 6.6 miles south of Mississippi Highway 16, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canton MS 39046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Southern Pines (a few steps from this marker); Pearl River (approx. 5.5 miles away); Tupelo–Baldcypress Swamp (approx. 6.1 miles away); Robinson Road (approx. 7 miles away); Red Dog Road (approx. 10.9 miles away); Natchez Trace at Madisonville (approx. 13.3 miles away); Meet the Beaver (approx. 15.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker consists of three panels: a left panel on Doaks Stand,
Also see . . .
1. Natchez Trace Parkway. Official National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
2. Treaty of Doak's Stand - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 21, 2015.)
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