Roadtrip: Cherokee Heritage Sites

The Cherokee people can trace their history in Southeast Tennessee back more than a thousand years. Originally, Cherokee lands covered a large part of what is today the southeastern United States.

Download the brochure to Cherokee Heritage Sites in Southeast Tennessee for a complete directory of important historical sites and stories pertaining to Cherokee history in the region. The brochure features Cherokee historic sites within the 10-county region, including Trail of Tears sites, museums, historical homes, parks and cemeteries.


The following Cherokee heritage sites, and many more, are outlined in the brochure Cherokee Heritage Sites in Southeast Tennessee:

Audubon Acres

900 N. Sanctuary Rd.
Chattanooga, TN  37421

This 132-acre sanctuary features a visitor center, museum and five miles of trails through a historically significant landscape.

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Brainerd Mission Cemetery

Adjacent to the 5700 block of Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Founded in 1817, Brainerd Mission was a Christian mission and school for Cherokee citizens until the Cherokee Removal in 1838.

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Cherokee Removal Memorial Park

6800 Blythe Ferry Rd
Birchwood, TN  37308

This 29-acre park features the Cherokee Removal Memorial, a visitor center and walking trails in a historically significant landscape.

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Chief John Ross Farm Site

Red Hill Valley Rd.
Cleveland, TN  37323

(Privately owned. Please view from street.)
The last home of Principal Chief John Ross east of the Mississippi River was a large farm located in the Flint Springs Community, located just four miles from the Red Clay Council Grounds.

Fort Marr

Gee Creek Campground
404 Spring Creek Rd.
Delano, TN 37325

Hair Conrad Cabin

433 Blythewood Rd. SW
Cleveland, TN  37311

(Privately owned. Please view from street.)
A prominent Cherokee leader, Hair Conrad’s cabin was built about 1804 and still looks much as it did when he lived there.

Hiwassee River Heritage Center

8746 Hiwassee Street
Charleston, TN  37310

Present-day Charleston, Tenn., was once the site of the Indian Agency and eventually served as Fort Cass, the military headquarters for the entire Trail of Tears operation. The Hiwassee River Heritage Center brings to life this historical landscape with exhibits and guided tours.

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James Brown Cherokee Plantation

9521 Ooltewah-Georgetown Rd.
Ooltewah, TN  37363

(Privately owned. Please view from street.)
The James Brown house, a Federal-style brick farmhouse, was built between 1826 and 1830.

Judge John Martin House

5640 Dalton Pike SE
Cleveland, TN  37312

(Privately owned. Please view from street.)
Judge John Martin served as Treasurer and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation. The home has been moved across Dalton Pike from its original site.

McMinn County Courthouse Square

6 East Madison Ave.
Athens, TN 37303

Site of 1834 trial of Cherokees James Foreman and Addison Springston, accused of the murder of Cherokee leader Chief Jack Walker Jr., and a stopping point for North Carolina Cherokee emigrants on their way to Fort Cass in what is known today at Charleston, Tenn.

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Moccasin Bend National Archeological District

381 Moccasin Bend Rd.
Chattanooga, TN  37405

A 750-acre historic park with a three-mile loop trail along historic Brown’s Ferry Federal Road, which served as a route along the Trail of Tears and as a Civil War supply line.

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Nancy Ward Gravesite

US 411 and Old Federal Road
Benton, TN  37307

A Cherokee leader, Nancy Ward was born around 1738 in the former Cherokee capital of Chota in Monroe County, Tenn., and she is buried in Benton.

Native American Fish Weir

Gee Creek Campground
404 Spring Creek Rd.
Delano, TN 37325

Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library

140 Commerce Street
Benton, TN  37307

Hours:  Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. / 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
Resources related to Nancy Ward, Chota (historic Cherokee site) and the Trail of Tears, as well as several Cherokee enrollments and other genealogy records.

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Red Clay State Historic Park

1140 Red Clay Park Rd. SW
Cleveland, TN  37311

Encompasses 263-acres of narrow valleys which was the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1832 until the Cherokee Removal in 1838.

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Ross’s Landing – Chattanooga Pier

100 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Featuring a river pier, marina, natural amphitheater and the Chattanooga Green which is used for festivals, concerts, and for park users to enjoy a great view of the river.

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The Passage at Ross’s Landing

100 Riverfront Pkwy.
Chattanooga, TN  37402

The Passage is a permanent outdoor water feature located at Ross’s Landing that memorializes American Indians native to the Southeast.

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