Two-hundred years ago, the area known today as Charleston was a gateway to the Cherokee Nation, which comprised much of the southeastern United States. In 1835, the area was home to Fort Cass, a federal military post, and later Fort Cass became the military headquarters for the tragic Cherokee Removal of 1838.

Today, Charleston is home to the Hiwassee River Heritage Center, an interpretive site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail featuring educational displays about the town’s historic past. To learn more, go to

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