“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tellico Plains in Monroe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Cherokee Heritage Trails

Tsalagi Usdi Nvnohi

Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 25, 2014
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
Close up of map shown on the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 25, 2014
2. Close up of map shown on the marker
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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 North Carolina
• Junaluska Memorial and Museum 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 Tennessee
• Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore focuses on Sequoyah and the Overhill Cherokee towns.
• Red Clay State Historic Area commemorates 19th century Cherokee life and the removal of Cherokees from eastern Tennessee.

In Georgia
• New Echota State Historic Site 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
Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 25, 2014
3. Cherokee Heritage Trails Marker
centers. Find updates on trial 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 this topic list: Native Americans.
Location. 35° 22.009′ N, 84° 17.837′ W. Marker is in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Cherohala Skyway (Bypass Route 165) and Herford Street, on the left when traveling west on Cherohala Skyway. The marker is on the grounds of the Cherohala Skyway Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 225 Cherohola Skyway, Tellico Plains TN 37385, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tellico Iron Works (here, next to this marker); The Tennessee Overhill Experience (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Loudoun Massacre (about 700 feet away); Boyhood Home of Ray H. Jenkins (about 700 feet away); Scott Mansion (approx. 1.4 miles away); Early Gold Mining (approx. 7½ miles away); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 7½ miles away); Coker Creek (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tellico Plains.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 16, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 9, 2022