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Native American Historical Sites In Tennessee

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East Tennessee

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Audubon Acres - 900 North Sanctuary Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. The headquarters of the Chattanooga Audubon Society, Inc. Also home to the Little Owl Native Village, named for one of its best known and last occupants, Little Owl, of the Chickamauga Cherokee and brother of Dragging Canoe. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the location of a Mississippian Era Native village in the 1400 and 1500s, believed to be the location of first contact between local Native Americans and Spanish explorers, Desoto, DeLuna, and La Porta. Includes a Visitor's Center, gift shop, and a time-line museum tracing the human habitation of the property. Hours: Monday thru Saturday-- 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. Sunday-- 1 p.m. til 5 p.m. other hours by Special Arrangement. 423-892-1499 / www.chattanoogaaudubon.org / casboard@epbfi.com . Audubon Acres on Google Maps

Cherokee Removal Memorial Park - Birchwood, Tennessee. The 29 acre park is operated by Meigs County and is part of the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Memorial is located on a bluff overlooking Blythe Ferry where 9,000 Indians camped several weeks waiting to take the ferry from their native land on a journey of about 1,000 miles. Dedicated to those that died and those that cried in what has become known as the Trail of Tears, the Memorial lists the names of the Heads of Household and the number of members from the 1835 Census.

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park - Limestone, Tennessee. You may know Davy Crockett as the fictional "king of the wild frontier", or the real person who died fighting at the Alamo, but Crockett also led opposition to Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act when he served in Congress.

Fort Loudon State Park - Vonore, Tennessee. This 1,200-acre site is the location of one of the earliest British fortifications on the western frontier, built in 1756. Nearby were the principal towns of the Cherokee Nation including Tenase, namesake of our state, and Tuskegee, birthplace of the genius Sequoyah, commemorated by the Cherokee Nation's Museum.

Moccasin Bend National Archeological District - A unit of the National Park System located in a bend of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Moccasin Bend contains sites from the Paleoindian, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian, Spanish Contact, early historic Cherokee, and Trail of Tears periods. The Blue Blazes Trail, a 1.5 mile loop, is open to the public daily with no fees and no overnight parking. Events such as canoe tours and hikes led by Park Rangers offer new and innovative ways to learn about American Indian and Civil War history associated with Moccasin Bend. The Friends of Moccasin Bend plan to actively partner with the National Park Service in the construction, maintenance and operations of an interpretive center.

Red Clay State Park - Near Cleveland, Tennessee, site of the Cherokee capital and council grounds after the state of Georgia declared the Cherokee national government illegal. Features a replica of the Cherokee council house and a replica 1820's era Cherokee farm.

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum - Located in Vonore, Tennessee and owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Promotes the understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians in Eastern Tennessee, particularly the life and contributions of Sequoyah.

Sycamore Shoals State Park - Elizabethton, Tennessee. The first permanent American settlement outside the original 13 colonies was established at Sycamore Shoals. Negotiations for Henderson's Purchase, also known as the Transylvania Purchase, which arranged for the sale of the Cherokee claim to over 20 million acres in Tennessee and Kentucy, were held here in 1775. During these negotiaions the great Cherokee war leader Dragging Canoe, who opposed the sale, made his "Dark and Bloody Ground" speech.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail - Starting in East Tennessee, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail also runs through Middle and West Tennessee.

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Cherokee Memorial

Cherokee Memorial at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, Tennessee