“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Murphy in Cherokee County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Cherokee Heritage Trails

~Tsalagi Usdi Nvnohi~

Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leah Tibbs, October 26, 2018
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
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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 centers serve as starting points for many sites and one day scenic drives.
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 Vonore focuses on Sequoyah and the Overhill Cherokee towns.

• RED CLAY STATE HISTORIC SITE commemorates 19th century Cherokee life and the removal of Cherokees from eastern Tennessee.

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.
Cherokee Heritage Trails Map image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leah Tibbs, October 26, 2018
2. Cherokee Heritage Trails Map
Find updates on trail sites, a calendar of events, a CHEROKEE ARTIST DIRECTORY and more on the website
Erected by Cherokee Heritage Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 35° 5.202′ N, 84° 1.98′ W. Marker is in Murphy, North Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Peachtree Street and Alpine Street, on the right when traveling north. The marker is located at the entrance door to the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 87 Peachtree Street, Murphy NC 28906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prison Cell Door (here, next to this marker); Nuya Saligugi (here, next to this marker); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (here, next to this marker); Water Powered 500 Pound Hammer (a few steps from this marker); Cherokee War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harshaw Chapel and Cemetery (about 500 feet away); 60 Sons of North Carolina (about 600 feet away); Cherokee County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murphy.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .  Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Museum image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Leah Tibbs, October 26, 2018
3. Museum
. Our Mission: "To preserve and perpetuate the history, culture and stories of the Cherokee people" (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 10, 2023