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.

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  • 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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Cherokee Tour at WCU

February 27, 2018, 4:00pm - February 27, 2018, 6:00pm

Cherokee Cultural Tour February 27, 4:00-6:00pm University Center Grandroom Please join us on Tuesday, 2/27 for an interactive event celebrating Cherokee culture! The Cherokee Cultural Tour will inc...

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The North Carolina Trail of Tears Association (NCTOTA) will hold its spring Chapter meeting on Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 1 pm, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, in Cherokee, NC in the Education Wing.
After the meeting, Robin Swayney, Geneaologist/Archivist, will give the archives housed there and available for research.
Refreshments will follow.
BRING A FRIEND interested in joining the Trail of Tears organization! JOIN US ON FACEBOOK or check out our website at www.nctrailoftears.org.
For more information, please contact Sue Abram (334-707-0286) or smabram@wcu.edu .
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North Carolina Trail of Tears Spring Chapter Meeting

February 24, 2018, 1:00pm - February 24, 2018, 3:00pm

The North Carolina Trail of Tears Association (NCTOTA) will hold its spring Chapter meeting on Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 1 pm, at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, in Cherokee, NC in the Education Wing. ...

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