“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cedar Bluff in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Indian Village of Costa

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By Angela Nichols, March 14, 2018
1. Indian Village of Costa Marker
Inscription.  This general area is believed to be the site of the Indian village of Costa visited by DeSoto July 2, 1540. The very old cedar trees may have been here at that time. They are some of the largest in the Southeast. These cedars are among the comparatively few remaining on the bluffs of the Coosa from which Cedar Bluff derived its name.

The log building was originally built as a blacksmith shop c. 1832 by G.J. Williamson an early settler. It contains many tools of that period and is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest structure in the county still in use.

The house is the third on this site, the first a log structure, the second an American Gothic type structure, and the present a modified replica of a Virginia Farm house of the 1600's.
Erected by Cherokee County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 13.216′ N, 85° 36.256′ W. Marker
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is in Cedar Bluff, Alabama, in Cherokee County. Marker is on Old Alabama Route 9 west of Sewell Ferry Road, on the right when traveling west. Across from the office of Cedar Bluff School. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3655 Old Highway 9, Cedar Bluff AL 35959, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornwall Furnace (approx. 2 miles away); Long Shadows House (approx. 2˝ miles away); Gen. N.B. Forrest Captured Col. A.D. Streight (approx. 3.8 miles away); Chattooga River (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gaylesville (approx. 3.9 miles away); Round Mountain Iron Furnace (approx. 4.8 miles away); Gen. John B. Hood Headquarters (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cherokee County Courthouse (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cedar Bluff.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2018, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 45 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 14, 2018, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Aug. 14, 2020