Cherokee Heritage Trails
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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 of Cherokee heritage
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.
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.
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 centers. Find updates on trial sites, a calendar of events, a Cherokee Artist Directory and more on the website www.cherokeeheritagetrials.org.
Erected by Cherokee Heritage Trails.
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. 35° 34.782′ N, 84° 12.966′ W. Marker is in Vonore, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 360. The marker is on the grounds of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum-Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vonore TN 37885, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Overhill Fur & Hide Trade (within shouting distance of this marker); Unicoi Turnpike Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Loudon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Loudoun (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cherokee Villages (approx. 1.3 miles away); Sequoyah (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vonore.
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