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Macon County North Carolina Historical Markers

 
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By Julie Szabo, April 23, 2007
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North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Battle of Echoe
Beginning in 1758, South Carolina engaged in a four-year war with the Cherokee Indians, whose descendants now live in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. This war resulted from French efforts to incite the Southern Indians against the . . . — Map (db m123225) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Dixie HallSurrender Scene
Here stood Dixie Hall, the home of prosperous local merchant Julius T. Siler. A landowner and slaveholder. Siler joined the Confederate army along with about 3,000 other Macon County men and served as the captain of Company E, 6th North Carolina . . . — Map (db m75472) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Gem Mining
Long before the first settlers arrived here in 1818, this area teased explorers with hints of mineral wealth — especially gold, silver and copper. Not much interest was taken in Macon County's gemstones until a farmer turned up some strange . . . — Map (db m123227) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Macon County Confederate Memorial
(front) In memory of The Sons of Macon County who served in the Confederate Army during the War Period 1861-1865 Co. H, 16th Regiment, N.C.T. Infantry (side) Co. I, 39th Regiment, N.C.T. Infantry Co. E, . . . — Map (db m75454) WM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Q-9 — Nikwasi
This mound marks site of old Cherokee town, Nikwasi. A council of Sir Alexander Cuming with the Indians here lead to a treaty, 1730. — Map (db m3261) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Nikwasi MoundCherokee Heritage Trails
You are standing on land that has been part of a town for about three thousand years. This mound was the spiritual, political, and physical center of the Cherokee town of Nikwasi. A council house or town house on top of the mound held the sacred . . . — Map (db m75523) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Q 50 — Silas McDowell1795-1879
Botanical and historical writer; horticulturist. Originated concept of a temperate "thermal belt." Home stood 1/5 mi. W. — Map (db m75473) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — The North Carolina Bartram Trail
The North Carolina Bartram Trail is a hiking trail to commemorate the 1775 visit of Philadelphia naturalist William Bartram to Western North Carolina. Begun in the 1970s, the trail parallels Bartram's actual route into Cherokee country. It begins at . . . — Map (db m123224) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Thomas's LegionA Unique Command
Confederate Col. William H. Thomas organized Thomas’s Legion of Cherokee Indians and Mountaineers is western North Carolina in September 1862. The people of this area were sometime referred to as highlanders, and local residents called Thomas’s unit . . . — Map (db m75455) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — William Bartram Naturalist
William Bartram Naturalist Visited this area of the Cherokee Nation in May, 1775 while on his mission to record the natural and cultural resources along the trading route between the Low Country to the east and the Overhill Country to . . . — Map (db m123222) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Highlands — Q 17 — André Michaux
French botanist. First visit to North Carolina to study flora was June, 1787, when he traversed the Highlands Plateau. — Map (db m75475) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Highlands — Q 17 — De Soto
In 1540 an expeditionof Spaniards led by De Soto, frist Europeans to explore this area, passed near here. — Map (db m20979) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Highlands — Samuel T. Kelsey
In Honor of Samuel T. Kelsey who planned and founded the Town of Highlands in the year 1875 A True Pioneer in the Wilderness — Map (db m20981) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Highlands — Q 55 — Thomas Harbison1862 - 1936
Botanist and educator. Pioneer in the study of flora, southeastern U.S. Highlands his base after 1886; taught here. — Map (db m20980) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Otto — Q-5 — Cherokee Defeat
In the French and Indian War Col. Grant's force of whites, Chickasaws, and Catawbas defeated the Cherokee warriors near here, June, 1761. — Map (db m73917) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Otto — Q 6 — Cherokee Victory
In the French and Indian War, the Cherokees defeated a colonial and British force from N.Y. under Colonel Montgomery near here, June, 1760. — Map (db m80208) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Otto — Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory
The 4015-acre basin below has been a world-famous forest and water laboratory since 1933. Here, a variety of forest cutting experiments have increased flow of pure water by almost a half million gallons per acre per year without increasing soil . . . — Map (db m3260) HM
North Carolina (Macon County), Topton — Q-44 — William Bartram
Philadelphia naturalist, author, exploring this area, met a Cherokee band led by their chief, Atakullakulla, in May 1776, near this spot. — Map (db m57728) HM

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