—Surrounding you underneath are the graves of these nine people as well as those of several unknown individuals.
"I visited this burial place just at the close of a calm, clear summer evening, when the sun was sending back his last . . . — — Map (db m181849) HM
"As she walked out in the fields, she taught her joyous flock the lessons of wisdom from the great book of nature spread open before them."
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1762, missionary Anna Rosina Kliest was described as . . . — — Map (db m181960) HM
Built of locally made brick in 1804, this house, the finest in the Cherokee Nation, was the home a Town Chief, James Vann, son of a Scotch trader, Clement Vann, and his wife, a Cherokee chieftain's daughter. Around his home were several of his . . . — — Map (db m18595) HM
The purpose of a scenic byway is to preserve the natural beauty along the designated route.
A byway can be designated under one or more of the six “intrinsic qualities” defined by the Federal Highway Administration. The . . . — — Map (db m123774)
In May 1539 Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd of swine reserved for famine. Fired by his success in Pizarro's conquest of Peru, De Soto had been granted the rights, by the King of Spain, to . . . — — Map (db m27273) HM
The Old Federal Road, leading across the Indian Country from the Cherokee boundary, in the direction of Athens, branched at this point toward Knoxville and Nashville. The right turn led northward into Tennessee via Chatsworth and Tennga, while the . . . — — Map (db m180558) HM
One hundred yards east is the site of Fort Gilmer, built in 1838 to garrison U.S. troops ordered to enforce the removal from this region of the last Cherokee Indians under terms of the New Echota treaty of 1833.
One of seven such forts erected . . . — — Map (db m33860) HM
The mountain to the west is Fort Mountain (Elevation 2,840’), which is part of the Cohutta Mountain Range. “Cohutta” is an English translation of a Cherokee word. It means “a shed roof supported on poles” and describes how . . . — — Map (db m123776)
This ancient stone fortification,
885 feet in length, and the land on the crest
of this mountain, 2832 feet above sea level,
was given to the State of Georgia for the
establishment of Fort Mountain State Park
public spirited . . . — — Map (db m11572) HM
Legends of Fort Mountain:
The Moon-Eyed People
While some legends equate the moon-eyed people withe the descendants of Prince Madoc, Cherokee legends tell of the moon-eyed people that inhabited the Southern Highlands before they arrived. . . . — — Map (db m11590) HM
Murray County, Created by Act of Dec. 3, 1832 from Cherokee, originally contained Whitfield, Walker, Catoosa, Dade and part of Chattooga Counties. Settled by people from Tenn., N.C., and Ga., it was named for Thomas Walton Murray (1790-1832). A . . . — — Map (db m12326) HM
The trail to the north of this site leads to the mysterious and prehistoric wall of loose rocks from which Fort Mountain takes its name. Many generations of explorers, archaeologists, geologists, historians and sight-seers have wondered about the . . . — — Map (db m46359) HM
The route veering southeastward is a remnant of the Old Federal Road, northwest Georgia’s earliest vehicular way and the first thoroughfare linking Tennessee and Georgia across the Cherokee Nation. Permission to open the highway was granted by the . . . — — Map (db m33869) HM
The earliest vehicular and postal route from northwest Georgia was the Federal Road, which led from the southeast Cherokee boundary, in the direction of Athens, Georgia to Tennessee; a Y-shaped thoroughfare, it forked at Ramhurst toward Knoxville . . . — — Map (db m18603) HM
May 16, 1864. Brig. Gen. J.D. Cox’s Div., 23d A.C., [US] having crossed the Conasauga River at Hogan’s Ford, 2 mi. S. of Tilton, camped at or near Holly Creek P.O., in this vicinity. May 17. Learning that 20th Corps troops [US] had usurped the . . . — — Map (db m19147) HM
Charles R. Hicks was one of the most influential Cherokee leaders of the early 19th century. Born in 1767 at Tomatly on the Hiawassee River, he was the son of a white trader named Nathan Hicks and a Cherokee woman of the wolf clan named Nancy Broom. . . . — — Map (db m182201) HM
"The day at Springplace began with all students up and dressed and kneeling in prayer. After breakfast, school was in session until lunch. The students spent the hours until late afternoon helping with various tasks around the . . . — — Map (db m181848) HM