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Historical Markers in Cherokee, North Carolina

 
Clickable Map of Swain County, North Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Swain County, NC (68) Graham County, NC (12) Haywood County, NC (46) Jackson County, NC (26) Macon County, NC (29) Blount County, TN (67) Sevier County, TN (105)  SwainCounty(68) Swain County (68)  GrahamCounty(12) Graham County (12)  HaywoodCounty(46) Haywood County (46)  JacksonCounty(26) Jackson County (26)  MaconCounty(29) Macon County (29)  BlountCountyTennessee(67) Blount County (67)  SevierCounty(105) Sevier County (105)
Bryson City is the county seat for Swain County
Cherokee is in Swain County
      Swain County (68)  
ADJACENT TO SWAIN COUNTY
      Graham County (12)  
      Haywood County (46)  
      Jackson County (26)  
      Macon County (29)  
      Blount County, Tennessee (67)  
      Sevier County, Tennessee (105)  
 
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1North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — “To the free people of America”
“We meet today to dedicate the mountains, streams, and forests to the service of the American People.” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt September 2, 1940                               The Rockefeller Memorial . . . Map (db m20022) HM
2North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — A Mountain Sanctuary
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a sanctuary. This is one of the few places in the eastern United States where animal populations can live, propagate, and die with relatively little influence from humans. Plants flourish in untold numbers and . . . Map (db m20057) HM
3North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — And It Became Land
Look out across the Smoky Mountains landscape. How did this land come to be? They carefully got all the mud and they laid it out on the rocks. And when it was dry enough, Grandfather threw it out into the water, and it became land. And the . . . Map (db m43855) HM
4North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Blue Clan — Ani-Sahoni
According to oral tradition, the Blue Clan knew about a plant with a blue flower that was used to heal children’s diseases. (Cherokee language translation) Clan Facts: Your clan came from your mother. People of the same clan could . . . Map (db m134823) HM
5North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Broomcorn
Broomcorn is a member of the sorghum plant family and is the source of broomstraw for making brooms. It was introduced to this country from Asia in the late 1700s. The straw is part of the seed head that grows at the top of the plant. Once the . . . Map (db m190512) HM
6North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Cherokee Homeland — Blue Ridge Parkway
From here you can see the Qualla Boundary, the 56,000-acre home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It borders Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway. The Cherokee originally held over 140,000 square miles in parts of eight . . . Map (db m150379) HM
7North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Q-14 — Cherokee Indian Reservation / (Leaving) Cherokee Reservation
Cherokee Indian Reservation. Established by United States for the Eastern Band of Cherokee after the removal of 1838. (Leaving) Cherokee Reservation. Established by United States for the Eastern Band of Cherokee after the removal of . . . Map (db m11526) HM
8North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Cherokee Veterans Park
This park is dedicated to all members of the eastern band of Cherokee Indians who served honorably in the Armed Forces of this Great Nation, and especially to those who died in the effort and to Charles George, the only member of the Eastern Band . . . Map (db m12929) HM
9North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Cut and Run — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You hardly ever left a tree of any size standing and all the little 'uns was torn down. Raymer Brackin Standing her in 1910 you would have seen a far different landscape than today. You might have seen the Champion Fibre Company . . . Map (db m107604) HM
10North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Deer Clan — Ani-Kawi
People in the Deer Clan were recognized as fast runners. They often served as messengers between towns. (Cherokee language translation) Clan Facts: Clans took care of the Cherokee law regarding murder. If you were killed, your . . . Map (db m134822) HM
11North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Q-45 — Echota Mission
Methodist. Maintained by Holston Conference for Cherokee c.1840-1885. School established 1850. Missionary's house Stands 50 yards north.Map (db m12719) HM
12North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Fifty Years of Mountain Logging
Commercial logging became widespread in the Smokies around 1880, about fifty years before the establishment of the national park. Loggers using hand tools an animal teams took maple, poplar, cherry, walnut, and other choice woods. Mechanized . . . Map (db m20043) HM
13North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Fish Tales — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Rainbow and brown trout, stonerollers, hogsuckers, sculpins, river chubs, and other fish live here in the lower reaches of the Oconaluftee River. But these are just a few of over 85 species found in the Smokies. The park's streams offer multiple . . . Map (db m107602) HM
14North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization MAB Program on Man and the Biosphere By Decision of the Bureau of the international coordinating council of the program on man and the biosphere, duly authorized to that effect by . . . Map (db m20061) HM
15North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Hogs
Hogs were the main source of meat on mountain farms. They could produce several large litters of offspring each year, which helped insure a family's supply of meat. Surplus livestock could also be sold to produce extra income for the family. The . . . Map (db m190515) HM
16North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Keener Craft Shop — Rev. Horace Ulrich Keener
1st resident missionary to Cherokee Indians, appointed by Holston Conference, lived in this log cabin know as the original parsonage. br> Built 1847. This log cabin was purchased in 1959 from the Soco Community Club by Dr. Walter Miller then . . . Map (db m198003) HM
17North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Land of Blue Smoke
Shaconage, the Cherokee name for this area, means "land of blue smoke." A smoke-like natural bluish haze, and mist-like clouds that rise following a rainstorm, provide the inspiration for the name Smoky Mountains. During the growing season, the . . . Map (db m20058) HM
18North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Land of Diversity
Few Places in North America sustain a greater variety of life than the Great Smoky Mountains. The forests, streams, and meadows here support more than 100 types of trees, 58 kinds of fish, some 1,500 flowering plants, more than 200 bird species, and . . . Map (db m20053) HM
19North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Long Hair Clan
Ani-Gilohi—(Cherokee language translation) People in this clan wore their hair long. They walked with confidence and were often leaders. (Cherokee language translation) CLAN FACTS: Throughout the large . . . Map (db m73920) HM
20North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Measure of Men — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The high, rounded mountain in front of you is Clingmans Dome (6,643 feet elevation), the highest mountain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the highest in Tennessee, and the third highest in the eastern United States. It bears the name of . . . Map (db m67901) HM
21North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Mingus Mill — Great Smoky Mountains National Park
You didn't make it without corn....everyone ate cornmeal, sometimes two and three times a day. -George Moore, local resident For 50 years, nearby farmers brought their corn and wheat to Mingus Mill, built in 1886. The miller usually . . . Map (db m111965) HM
22North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Mountains: Refuge and Healing
Clingmans Dome is a sacred mountain to the Cherokees, where the Magic Lake was once seen. The Great Spirit told the Cherokees that, “if they love me, if they love all their brothers and sisters, and if they love the animals of the earth, when . . . Map (db m43851) HM
23North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Museum of the Cherokee Indian
"To preserve and perpetuate the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people." To accomplish this mission, the museum maintains a permanent exhibit, extensive artifact collection, archives, education programs, artist series, and . . . Map (db m134805) HM
24North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Q-58 — Nimrod Jarrett Smith — 1837–1893
Principal Chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee, 1880-1891. Led incorporation of Band & centralization of Tribal government on his property, here.Map (db m73919) HM
25North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Oconaluftee Indian Village
Oconaluftee Indian Village is an authentic replica of a Cherokee Indian Town of 1750. Here you will see life as it was carried on 200 years ago. Ancient arts of the Red Man such as basket weaving, wood-carving, finger-weaving, pottery, weapon making . . . Map (db m96642) HM
26North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Paint Clan — Ani-Wodi
Wodi refers to the paint made from red ochre. In the legend of monster Stoneman, a lump of this paint remained when the monster burned up. When the medicine man painted people with it, their wishes came true: to be a great hunter, or warrior, or . . . Map (db m150430) HM
27North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — People of the Mountains
The rugged terrain of the Smoky Mountains determined patterns of human settlement. Residents of the Smokies - be they native Cherokees or European emigrants and their descendants - gravitated to valleys or coves. Settlement was confined to areas far . . . Map (db m20054) HM
28North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc.
Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. was founded in 1946, with the goal of promoting the development, production, and marketing of unique and authentic Cherokee arts and crafts. Known locally as the "co-op," Qualla Arts and Crafts is one of the . . . Map (db m140706) HM
29North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Sequoyah
This statue honoring Sequoyah. The Cherokee genius who invented the Cherokee Alphabet. was sculpted from a single great California Sequoia (Redwood) Log which was donated and shipped by Georgia-Pacific. This is sculptor Peter wolf Toth's 63rd . . . Map (db m19736) HM
30North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Sorghum Cane
Sorghum cane descended from wild grasses that are native to parts of Africa and Asia where humans have cultivated it for more than 4000 years. It was introduced to this country in the 1700s. Through the centuries, various types of sorghum have been . . . Map (db m190510) HM
31North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Springhouse
A reliable source of drinking water was important in selecting a house site. A good spring met that need and also provided a means for keeping perishable foods. Water from a spring flowed through the springhouse in a rock-lined channel in the . . . Map (db m190525) HM
32North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — The Appalachian Trail
You are standing alongside the Appalachian Trail, one of the longest continuous footpaths in the world. The trail winds more than 2,150 miles through 14 states. Few stretches are more remote or difficult than the section through the Great Smokies. . . . Map (db m20064) HM
33North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — The Great Smokies
(Side One): The Great Smokies: scenic, diverse, culturally rich. The scenic view here are well known; lesser known is the abundance of life. The Smokies' rugged topography creates a diversity of species found in few other places in North . . . Map (db m20066) HM
34North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — The Top of the Smokies — Clingmans Dome
At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest mountain in Great Smokey Mountains National Park and is one of the highest peaks in the eastern United States. An observation tower at the summit takes you above the treetops for a panoramic view. . . . Map (db m43856) HM
35North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Q-56 — Thomas's Legion
William H. Thomas led Confederate "Legion of Indians & Mountaineers." Cherokee companies raised nearby in 1862.Map (db m12714) HM
36North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Trail of Tears — Qualla Town
In 1838, the United States government deported more than 16,000 Cherokee Indian people from their homelands in Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia, and sent them to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Thousands of Cherokees perished during . . . Map (db m73923) HM
37North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Where Man Is Only a Visitor
In front of you is a very special place - part of the park's "backcountry," a place without roads, wires, houses... Here you - or your children, or theirs - may walk for days, largely free of the sights, sounds, and smells of the everyday world. . . . Map (db m20049) HM
38North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Wild Potato Clan — Ani-Gatogewi
The wild potato refers to a native plant whose root is a good food source, also known as the Jerusalem artichoke. Some oral traditions say there were originally fourteen clans, including the Savannah and Wild Holly, whose members all became part of . . . Map (db m134821) HM
39North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — With a Brush of a Comet's Tail — Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a collection of diverse and inspiring places. The 469-mile road links Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Like a long beautiful ribbon connecting distinctive gems, the Parkway joins high . . . Map (db m150299) HM
40North Carolina (Swain County), Cherokee — Wolf Clan — Ani-Waya
The Wolf Clan was known for its medicine people and its warriors. (Cherokee language translation) Clan Masks: In the early twentieth century, Cherokee artists began carving masks representing the clans. These also symbolized . . . Map (db m134820) HM
 
 
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May. 25, 2022