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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Franklin, North Carolina

 
Clickable Map of Macon 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 Macon County, NC (26) Cherokee County, NC (22) Clay County, NC (6) Graham County, NC (9) Jackson County, NC (10) Swain County, NC (62) Rabun County, GA (14) Oconee County, SC (64)  MaconCounty(26) Macon County (26)  CherokeeCounty(22) Cherokee County (22)  ClayCounty(6) Clay County (6)  GrahamCounty(9) Graham County (9)  JacksonCounty(10) Jackson County (10)  SwainCounty(62) Swain County (62)  RabunCountyGeorgia(14) Rabun County (14)  OconeeCountySouth Carolina(64) Oconee County (64)
Location of Franklin, North Carolina
    Macon County (26)
    Cherokee County (22)
    Clay County (6)
    Graham County (9)
    Jackson County (10)
    Swain County (62)
    Rabun County, Georgia (14)
    Oconee County, South Carolina (64)
 
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1North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — QQ-1 — 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
2North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Q8 — Cherokee Defeat
In 1776 a force lead[sic] by General Griffith Rutherford defeated the Cherokee at Wayah Gap, ten miles southwest.Map (db m167229) HM
3North 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
4North 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
5North 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
6North 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
7North 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
8North 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
9North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — The Appalachian & Bartram Trails
Here, both the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail cross Wayah Bald, affording hikers a majestic view of the surrounding mountains. Appalachian Trail The Appalachian Trail's original concept proposed in 1921 was to preserve the . . . Map (db m169122) HM
10North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — The John B. Byrne Memorial Tower
Who Was John Byrne? • In April 1931, he became Forest Supervisor for the Nantahala National Forest. • At that time, he was, at the age of 33, the youngest man to ever be appointed as a National Forest Supervisor. • He served . . . Map (db m169107) HM
11North 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
12North 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
13North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Wayah BaldA Favorite Place for a Fabulous View
A Popular Destination With its cool summer climate, beautiful azaleas, and fabulous panoramic views, Wayah Bald has been attracting visitors for centuries. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, groups of people camped together. For some . . . Map (db m169105) HM
14North 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
15North Carolina (Macon County), Franklin — Wilson Lick Ranger StationNantahala National Forest
The Wilson Lick Era represents life of a bygone time… the very early days of the U.S. Forest Service & Nantahala National Forest Built in 1916, Wilson Lick was the first ranger station of the newly formed Nantahala National Forest. The . . . Map (db m169064) HM
 
Apr. 17, 2021