Explore sites near your house, using this list of sites organized by state to see what might be just around the corner.
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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
- The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought between the Red Stick Creeks on one side, and the United States forces and Indian allies (including the Cherokee) under General Andrew Jackson...
Fort Smith National Historic Site
- Fort Smith was established to keep peace between the Osage and those Cherokee who were migrating west. In 1838, the fort was a key stop along the Trail of Tears, marking entry into Indian Territory for those who took the water route...
Pea Ridge National Military Park
- The Battle of Pea Ridge, was the first battle of the Civil War in which Indian troops participated. Stand Watie commanded the 2nd Cherokee Mounted Rifles and in 1864 Watie was promoted to Brigadier General, making him the highest ranking Indian in the Confederate Army...
Chief Vann's House
- This "showplace of the Cherokee Nation" is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes. Built by James Vann in 1804, the two-story mansion was the finest in the Cherokee Nation...
- In 1828, gold was discovered near present-day Dahlonega, Georgia. This was the first major gold rush in the United States. Unfortunately, for the Cherokee, the gold was discovered on Cherokee land...
- At Chattanooga the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River meet in a dramatic landscape of towering cliffs and valleys. It was this very aspect of the landscape which appealed to Dragging Canoe who moved his band of Chickamauga Cherokee to this area...
New Echota Historic Site
- The city of New Echota was established in 1825 as the capital of the Cherokee Nation and it would remain so until 1838 with start of the Trail of Tears. The Treaty of New Echota, which ceded the Cherokee Nation and initiated Cherokee removal was signed here in 1835...
Cherokee Trail of Tears Commemorative Park
- The Cherokee Trail of Tears Commemorative Park in Hopkinsville, Kentucky is one of only a few documented campsites along the Trail of Tears...
Trail of Tears State Park
- The Trail of Tears State Park is located on the site where nine groups of Cherokees crossed the Mississippi River in harsh winter conditions along the Trail of Tears...
Cherokee, North Carolina
- Nestled in the Great Smoky range of the Appalachian Mountains, the Qualla Boundary, with its capital in Cherokee, North Carolina, encompasses over 56,000 acres of land in western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
- Kituhwa Mound is a sacred and incredibly historic site to the Cherokee. Archaeologists date the site back to nearly 10,000 years ago...
Oconaluftee Indian Village
- The Oconaluftee village was opened in 1952 as a living history museum of Cherokee culture operated by the Cherokee Historical Association. It functions as an authentic replica of a Cherokee village circa 1750...
Cherokee Female Seminary
- On May 7, 1851, the Cherokee Female Seminary was opened to students. This was one of the first schools for women west of the Mississippi River and was funded entirely by the Cherokee Nation...
Cherokee Heritage Museum
- The Cherokee Heritage Center is a non-profit historical society and museum founded in 1962 to preserve the historical and cultural artifacts, language, and traditional crafts of the Cherokee...
Cherokee Nation Capitol Building
- Today, the Capitol Building stands as a symbol of the strength and resilience of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest Indian tribe with more than 200,000 tribal citizens...
Cherokee Nation Headquarters
- The Cherokee Nation Headquarters Complex sits on the south side of Tahlequah and houses the main offices for the Cherokee Nation government...
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Building
- The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Building is the oldest public building in Indian Territory, present-day Oklahoma. It was constructed in 1844 to house the Cherokee Supreme Court...
- In it's original location near Russellville, Arkansas, Dwight Mission was the first American mission to the Native Americans established west of the Mississippi River. In 1830, the mission opened in its present location...
- Fort Gibson was built as a western outpost in Indian Territory to rest the growing tension between the Osage and the Cherokees. In 1838-1839, however, the fort took on a new role as a terminus for the Trail of Tears...
George M. Murrell Historic House
- The Murrell House was built around 1845 for George Murrell, a wealthy Virginia merchant, and his wife Minerva Ross, niece of Principal Chief John Ross. Today the Murrell house is the only plantation home which still remains in Oklahoma...
Original Cherokee Female Seminary Columns
- On May 7, 1851, the Cherokee Female Seminary, was opened to students. This was one of the first schools for women west of the Mississippi River and was funded entirely by the Cherokee Nation...
- In the 1880s the Cherokee Nation constructed a set of nine uniform district courthouses. The Saline Courthouse was built in 1884 and is the only one of the nine courthouses still standing...
- In 1829, Sequoyah and several thousand other Cherokee were forced to move from Arkansas territory to Indian Territory. He built this cabin near present-day Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The cabin still stands, and is preserved within a stone building on its original site...
- The Tahlonteeskee settlement was established in 1827 as the seat of Cherokee government in Indian Territory. This makes it the oldest capital in Oklahoma, and a cherished site of Cherokee history...
Veteran Warrior's Memorial
- The Cherokee Warrior Memorial is a veteran's memorial located on the grounds of the Cherokee Nation headquarters...
Will Rogers Birthplace
- On November 4, 1879, William Penn Adair Rogers was born in this house in Oologah, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory. Rogers would go on to become a Broadway star, a popular humorist, star of over 70 Hollywood films, author of six books and over 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns, a radio commentator, and even host of the 6th Annual Academy Award Ceremony in 1934...
Will Rogers Memorial
- Will Rogers, a Cherokee, would go on to become a Broadway star, a popular humorist, star of over 70 Hollywood films, author of six books and over 4,000 syndicated newspaper columns, a radio commentator, and even host of the 6th Annual Academy Award Ceremony in 1934...
- Along with Tanasi, Chota was one of the two Overhill towns recognized as a "capital" of the Cherokee Nation throughout the 1700s. For many years Chota was known as a beloved peace town..
- Clingmans Dome towers at 6,643 feet and stands as the highest point in the Smoky Mountains National Park and the highest point along the Appalachian Trail. The Cherokee consider it a sacred place...
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
- Fort Loudoun was built in 1756 by the British during the French and Indian War. Its close proximity to several Overhill Cherokee towns also helped foster an alliance between the Cherokee and the British. Unfortunately, this alliance was short-lived...
Fort Marr Blockhouse
- Fort Marr was built in 1814 as a supply depot for Andrew Jackson's campaigns against the Creek Indians. It was regarrissoned in 1837 for troops managing the Cherokee removal...
Nancy Ward's Gravesite
- Nancy "Nanye-hi" Ward was a Cherokee woman born in the late 1730s. She was bestowed with the title of Ghigau (Beloved Woman), a great honor among the Cherokee, for exhibiting bravery in battle...
- The Passage is the nation's largest public art project celebrating Cherokee history and culture. It was opened to the public in May 2005 as part of an overall effort to redevelop the Chattanooga riverfront...
Red Clay State Historic Park
- From 1832 until 1838 the Cherokee Nation council met at Red Clay. The location of Red Clay was chosen because of its proximity to Blue Hole Spring, an underground spring...
- In 1816, John Ross, later elected Prinicipal Chief, established a trading post in present-day Chattanooga and the spot soon became known as Ross's Landing...
Sequoyah's Birthplace Memorial
- Sequoyah was born in the 1770s in the Cherokee village of Tuskegee on the Tennessee River. Unfortunately, Tuskegee was inundated with water in 1979 with the creation of Tellico Lake. This museum is very near the old location...
- Along with neighboring Chota, Tanasi was one of the two Overhill towns recognized as a "capital" of the Cherokee Nation during the 1700s. It is also known for being the namesake for the state of Tennessee...
Treaty of Holston Park
- In 1791 the Treaty of Holston was signed in an effort to "reestablishing peace and friendship" between the Cherokee and the United States and to reestablish the boundaries between the two...
- This stone marks the location of the Battle of Neches (1839) in which hundreds of Texas troops attacked an Indian village. Over 100 Indians were killed, among them Cherokee Chief Duwali (Chief Bowles)...
The Treaty Sculpture
- During the Texas Revolution Sam Houston needed a guarantee of Indian neutrality so he forged a treaty with Chief Bowles, Duwali, a Cherokee chief secured to the Indians 1.5 million acres of land in east Texas...
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