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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Afternoon Session
1:25-2:15 Dr. Brett Riggs, WCU Sequoyah Distinguished Professor of
Cherokee Studies, NC Trail of Tears Association.
“From North Carolina to Fort Cass, Tennessee: Marking the Long Trail of Removal for the Mountain Cherokees.”

2:30-3:20 Jeff Bishop, Georgia Trail of Tears Association.
“Myths and Legends: When Science and Oral History Collide: Case Studies of the Chief John Ross House in Rossville & the Vann Cabin in Cave Spring, Georgia.”

3:35-4:30 Intro by Diane Weddington, 50th Anniversary National Trails System Act Coodinator, National Park Service.
Troy Wayne Poteete, Executive Director, National Trail of
Tears Association.
“Perpetuating Memory among Cherokees: Family Stories and Why These are Important to Maintain.”
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