Welcome to the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association

The Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1993 to support the development and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Designated by Congress in 1987, the National Trail commemorates the forced removal of Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in the late 1830s. TOTA maintains chapters in each of the nine states containing segments of the Trail.

This website presents the work of TOTA members in North Carolina. Click on the wayside exhibits below to learn about significant sites we have marked and interpreted in recent years. Follow the maps to visit the sites yourself and experience the story of Cherokee struggle, resistance, and perseverance in Western North Carolina.

This website was made possible by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.


  • aquoheecourthouse_thumbAquohee District Courthouse.

  • “scott-thumb"Camp Scott

  • CherCoMuseum300x225Cherokee County Historical Museum

  • hiding-thumb2Creek Resistance in Hanging Dog Mtns.

  • Fort ButlerFort Butler

  • delaney-thumbnailFort Delaney

  • Fort HembreeFort Hembree

  • Lindsay-thumbnailFort Lindsay

  • Fort Montgomery

  • StateThumbnailGreat State & Old Army Roads

  • junaluska-thumbnailJunaluska Memorial

  • MOCI-thumbMuseum of the Cherokee Indian

  • nantahalathumbNantahala Town

  • quallathumbQualla Town

  • UnakaRoadSanitized-thumbUnicoy Turnpike

  • hiding-thumb2Valley River Resistance

  • indian_school-thumbValley Town Baptist Mission

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Hope everyone is wintering well! Plans are underway for our symposium in April on the campus of Western Carolina University. Watch for updates! Also, some of you may want to join Red Clay State Historic Park in dedicating their new National Trail of Tears sign on Wednesday, February 7 at 11 a.m. Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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Qualla Boundary Historical Society
September Meeting Announcement

Interested in learning more about Cherokee Story Maps, a project funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation? Come to the next Qualla Boundary Historical Society meeting
at 6:30 pm on September 26, 2017 at the Qualla Boundary Library. Lamar Marshall, Research Director of Southeast Heritage, will discuss his work on an online, educational GIS Story Map series funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
For more information, please contact Robin Swayney at 497-6725 or Mary Wachacha at 497-5350.
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