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Athens in McMinn County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Nocatula Legend

The Hackberry and The Oak

 
 
The Nocatula Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, November 13, 2011
1. The Nocatula Legend Marker
Inscription. A wounded English officer from Fort Loudon was befriended by an Indian Chief and nursed back to health by Nocatula, daughter of the Chief. The soldier, given the name of Connestoga, “The Oak,” was accepted into the tribe and married Nocatula. A jealous suitor attacked Connestoga with a knife. As he lay dying Nocatula confessed her eternal love and plunged a knife into her breast. Buried together, the Chief placed an acorn in Connestoga’s hand and a hackberry in Nocatula’s hand, symbolizing undying love. From these there developed two trees which stood on this spot for 150 years.
 
Erected by Presented by classes of '51, '54, '57 and Carter Patten.
 
Location. 35° 26.793′ N, 84° 35.639′ W. Marker is in Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn County. Marker is on Coach Farmer Drive east of North Jackson Street (Business U.S. 11), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 - 30 Coach Farmer Dr., Athens TN 37303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Petty-Manker Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tennessee Wesleyan College (about 800 feet away); Battle of Athens
The Nocatula Legend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, November 13, 2011
2. The Nocatula Legend Marker
Statues of Nocatula and Connestoga are beside the marker.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Cleage (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Tyler Morgan (approx. 1.1 miles away); Harry Thomas Burn (approx. 5.4 miles away); Niota Depot (approx. 5.5 miles away); a different marker also named Niota Depot (approx. 5.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2011, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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