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By Brandon Fletcher, June 25, 2016
Nancy Ward Marker
Tennessee (Polk County), Benton — 2A10 — Nancy Ward
High priestess of the Cherokee and always loyal friend of white settlers, is buried on the ridge to the west. She repeatedly prevented massacres of white settlers and several times rescued captives from death at the hands of her people. She is also . . . — Map (db m80167) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Benton — Nancy Ward
According to legend, Nancy Ward (Nanye’hi or Na-ni) was born in the 1730s at Chota in the Overhill Towns, at a time when Cherokee society was largely traditional despite the extensive fur trade. As the child of a Cherokee woman, Nancy was by birth a . . . — Map (db m109274) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Ducktown — 2A 49 — Discovery of Copper
In August, 1843, a prospector named Lemmons, in fruitless search of gold along a branch of Potato Creek not far to the northeast, found a substance which turned out, to his disappointment, to be red oxide of copper. He abandoned it and continued his . . . — Map (db m25330) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Ducktown — 2A 74 — Hiwassee Mine
A reconstructed steam hoist engine boiler chimney, originally constructed ca. 1854, marks the site of the discovery of copper in 1843 by a prospector named Lemmons. In 1847 A. J. Weaver leased and dug at this place 90 casks of ore, hauling them on . . . — Map (db m49539) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Ducktown — The Tennessee Overhill ExperienceFrom Furs to Factories — Mining in the Copper Basin
Mining in the Copper Basin In 1843, a prospector, hoping to find gold south of the Coker Creek mine fields, instead located one of America's richest copper reserves. Over the next century, American and foreign companies chartered more . . . — Map (db m116819) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Old Fort — 2A 40 — McNair's Stand
100 yards NW, David McNair, Scotch pioneer who married Delilah Vann, daughter of a Cherokee chief, built a home about 1800 near a grove which was a Cherokee council ground and terminus of the Ocoee-Conasauga portage. He commanded a company in . . . — Map (db m47675) HM
Tennessee (Polk County), Reliance — 2A 51 — The Halfway House
From the construction of the "Copper Road" from Ducktown to Cleveland in 1853 until the coming of a railroad to Ducktown, this was the midpoint of the two-day wagon haul. Wagoners camped near the inn at the mouth of Greasy Creek. Four-mule teams . . . — Map (db m107963) HM

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