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Vonore in Monroe County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Unicoi Turnpike Trail

A Path Through Time

 
 
Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
1. Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker
Inscription. The path now known as the Unicoi Turnpike Trail has existed for over 1,000 years. The earliest European maps of the area note the trail as a connector between Cherokee Territories and the coastal ports of Charleston and Savannah. In 1756 British soldiers hauled weapons and supplies across the trail to establish Fort Loudoun. In the early 1800’s the trail was converted into a toll road and turnpike. In 1838 over 3,000 Cherokees traveled over the Unicoi Turnpike during the Trail of Tears.

Exploring an Ancient Path
We invite you to travel through layers of history as you trace the Unicoi Turnpike Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. Historic sites and museums along the way will illustrate the role this important transportation route played in our nation’s history. A two and one half mile section of the original roadbed at Coker Creek is open for hiking.

Map points
1. Fort Loudoun; 2. Tellico Blockhouse; 3. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum; 4. Chato and Tanasi Memorials; 5. Tellico Plains; 6. Charles Hall Museum; 7. Coker Creek; 8. Unicoi Gap; 9. Joe Brown Highway; 10. Murphy; 11. Cherokee County Historical Museum; 12. Belltown (Cane Creek) Massacre; 13. Trail of Tears; 14. Hiking Trail.
 
Erected by by John D. Grubb and Louise G. Summer Fund for Monroe County, Tennessee Overhill

Close up of map shown on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
2. Close up of map shown on the marker
Association and State of Tenneessee.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 35° 34.764′ N, 84° 12.984′ W. Marker is in Vonore, Tennessee, in Monroe County. Marker is on Tennessee Route 360. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum-Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Vonore TN 37885, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Tennessee Overhill Experience-From Furs to Factories (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherokee Heritage Trails (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Loudon (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Fort Loudoun State Historic Area (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Unicoi Turnpike Trail (approx. 1.3 miles away); Fort Loudoun (approx. 1.3 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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Distant photo of the Museum grounds image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
3. Distant photo of the Museum grounds
Sign at entrance to the Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
4. Sign at entrance to the Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on April 9, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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