Joy in Livingston County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Imagine the Scene
Berry's Ferry and the Trail of Tears
Over 1,400 Cherokee men, women, and children from Peter Hildebrand's detachment spent two bitterly cold weeks camped in this area during the harsh winter of 1838-1839.
The detachments ahead of them had successfully crossed the icy Ohio River, but were trapped between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Waiting for the Mississippi River to thaw, all Cherokee detachments in the area were at a standstill and at the mercy of the weather. Hildebrand's detachment camped for miles here along the road until they could continue traveling west to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.
Retrace the trail. Original Route signs indicate that you are driving the historic route. At Mantle Rock Preserve, you can walk in the footsteps of the Cherokee along a hiking trail.
Erected by Trail of Tears National Historic Trail - National Park Service - Trail of Tears Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Native Americans. In addition, it is included in the Trail of Tears series list.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hampton KY 42047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. They Passed This Way (here, next to this marker); Golconda (approx. one mile away in Illinois); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 1.1 miles away in Illinois); Sarah Lusk (approx. 1.1 miles away in Illinois); John Thomas Davidson Cabin (approx. 1.2 miles away in Illinois); Alexander Hall Buel House (approx. 1.2 miles away in Illinois); The Original Route (approx. 2 miles away); A Winter Camp (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joy.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 89 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.