Salem in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Cherokee Path
The main trading path to the Cherokee Nation paralleled the route of Highway 11 for several miles at this point. This section of the path was used by travelers going from Keowee, the main Lower Town of the Cherokees, across the mountains to the Middle and Overhill Towns. The botanist William Bartram left a written account of his journey in 1776.
In addition to its importance in the indian trade, the path played a military role in the Cherokee War and the Revolution. It linked Fort Prince George (1753) on the Keowee River with Fort Loundon (1756) on the Little Tennessee. Expeditions against the Cherokees were led by Archibald Montgomery in 1760, James Grant in 1761, and Andrew Williamson in 1776.
Erected 1973 by S.C. Society, Daughters of the American Colonists. (Marker Number 37-3.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Forts and Castles • Native AmericansRoads & Vehicles • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Colonists, and the William Bartram Trails series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
Location. 34° 53.833′ N, 82° 59.817′ W. Marker is in Salem, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway (SC Highway 11). Marker is located north east of the intersection of Highway 11 and Little River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem SC 29676, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tamassee DAR School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Salem Confederate Monument (approx. 1½ miles away); Tamassee Town (approx. 3.1 miles away); Cheowee Town (approx. 3.8 miles away); Jocassee Town (approx. 4.7 miles away); Keowee Town (approx. 5 miles away); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 5 miles away); Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Bridge (approx. 5.2 miles away); Oconee Station / Oconee County (approx. 5½ miles away); Oconee Town (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
Also see . . .
1. Cherokee Path. The Cherokee Path (also Keowee path) was the primary route from Charleston to Columbia, South Carolina in Colonial America, connecting all of the Cherokee territories. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. South Carolina Highway 11. The Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway (S.C. 11) winds its way through the northwest corner of South Carolina. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. William Bartram. William Bartram (April 20, 1739 — July 22, 1823) was an American naturalist, the son of John Bartram. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Bartram's Travels. Bartram's Travels is the short title of naturalist William Bartram's historically significant book describing his travels in the American South and encounters with American Indians between 1773 and 1777. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Fort Prince George (South Carolina). Fort Prince George (not to be confused with Prince's Fort, which was in use in 1777 and also in South Carolina) was constructed in 1753 in northwest South Carolina, on the Cherokee Path. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. Fort Loudoun. (Submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,221 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 12, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.