Cherokee in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Natchez Trace Parkway
With a Scottish father and Chickasaw mother, George Colbert used his bilingual abilities and knowledge of both cultures to build a network of enterprises. As a Chickasaw, he gained the right, by treaty, to operate a ferry across the Tennessee River.
One traveler, Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara, described the stand that Colbert built near his ferry as "a country place." Unlike other frontier buildings, it had an "abundance of glass in windows and doors."
"I find all the Indians on the road, and particularly the Colbert family, are very accommodating to us, we shall be tolerably well supplied in passing through the [Chickasaw] nation..."
Colonel John Coffee
War of 1812
As the end of the day nears, post riders and travelers on the Old Trace gather at Colbert's stand.
Erected by Natchez Trace Parkway, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Natchez Trace marker series.
Location. 34° 50.17′ N, Touch for map. Marker is located in Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee AL 35616, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Chickasaw Planter (within shouting distance of this marker); Colbert's Stand (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Colbert Memorial (about 400 feet away); Trace Travelers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colbert Ferry (approx. ¼ mile away); Safe Crossing (approx. ¼ mile away); Welcome! (approx. ¼ mile away); Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
Also see . . . Natchez Trace Parkway. National Park Service (Submitted on August 21, 2017.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 185 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.