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Near Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sorghum Cane

 
 
Sorghum Cane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 6, 2021
1. Sorghum Cane Marker
Inscription.  Sorghum cane descended from wild grasses that are native to parts of Africa and Asia where humans have cultivated it for more than 4000 years. It was introduced to this country in the 1700s. Through the centuries, various types of sorghum have been grown to produce grain for bread, feed for livestock, straw for brooms, and juice for making a sweet syrup.

Sweet sorghum for syrup was grown most often in the southern mountains where it was planted and cultivated much like corn. the stalks were cut in the fall and an animal-powered cane mill was used to crush the cane and extract the juice for making syrup. The leaves and seeds of the plant could be fed to livestock.
 
Erected by Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 35° 30.729′ N, 83° 18.257′ W. Marker is near Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) 0.7 miles north of Blue Ridge Parkway
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, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Mountain Farm Museum at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Broomcorn (here, next to this marker); Sorghum Mill and Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Corn Cribs (within shouting distance of this marker); Springhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Hogs (within shouting distance of this marker); Apple House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Meathouse (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Also see . . .  Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on January 20, 2022.) 
 
Sorghum Cane Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tom Bosse, November 6, 2021
2. Sorghum Cane Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 110 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2022, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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