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Cherokee in Colbert County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Chickasaw Hospitality

Natchez Trace Parkway

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
1. Chickasaw Hospitality Marker
Inscription. George Colbert's stand sat atop the ridge before you. As one of many inns that dotted the Trace between Nashville and Natchez, it provided travelers with food and lodging.

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

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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,
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By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
2. Chickasaw Hospitality Marker
87° 56.736′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, Alabama, in Colbert County. Marker can be reached from Natchez Trace Parkway (at milepost 327.3), 1.4 miles east of N Pike (County Route 21), on the left when traveling east. 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. mile away); Safe Crossing (approx. mile away); Welcome! (approx. mile away); Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (approx. 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 & CommerceNative AmericansWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels
 
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By Sandra Hughes, August 18, 2017
3. Chickasaw Hospitality Marker
 
 
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.
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