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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Tennessee Trail of Tears Association to hold Commemorative Walk Nov. 10

The Tennessee Trail of Tears Association will hold a commemorative walk on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00am EST at the Blythe Ferry Cherokee Memorial Removal Park in Birchwood, Tennessee. The walk is to remember those who crossed the Tennessee River at Blythe’s Ferry during the forced removal of the Cherokees in 1838.

The program will begin at the cabin at the Cherokee Memorial Removal Park at 11:00am EST. The program will include music by flutist Kyle Coatney from Knoxville and songs in both Cherokee and Creek languages. Educational displays of archeological items will be presented by TVA . Informational booths about the Trail of Tears will also be on display.

The program will conclude with a walk from the cabin to the Tennessee River where memorial wreaths will be placed by representatives of the Cherokee and Creek nations. The public is invited to attend the program and participate in the walk. This event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Blythe Ferry Cherokee Memorial Removal Park is located at 6615 Blythe Ferry Lane, Birchwood, Tennessee. For more information contact Debbie Moore at bradleyfolks@aol.com or follow TN Trail of Tears Association on Facebook .
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Save the Date! On November 19 and 20, historian Dr. Julie Reed, of the University of Tennessee, will visit WCU and the Qualla Boundary to deliver this year's James A. Cooper Memorial Lecture in Cherokee Studies. Dr, Reed will speak on "Nameless Indian Women: Violence, Cherokee Women, and the Long Removal Era." Monday Nov 19, at 6:30pm, in the UC Theater, and Tuesday Nov 20, at 6:30pm at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. ... See MoreSee Less

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