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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*Announcement! 👇👇
We invite you to join us for our event on June 8th for The Tears Started Here Trail of Tears Walk! Thank you so much for all of your support and passion for saving the Cherokee Language and supporting the vision of the late Beloved Woman, Shirley Jackson Oswalt! We are honored & excited to announce that EBCI Principal Chief Richard Sneed will also be joining us and will be speaking! What an honor!
Save the date! We look so forward to sharing this special day with you!
Thank you, Chief Sneed! Osda!
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Event T-shirts are IN and ready to go! 😃
Folks are already placing requests! If you would like to purchase one, definitely let us know!
- Registration with Event-Trail of Tears Walk, refreshments & shirt for June 8th is $25
- Shirts sold individually are $15-all sizes
🧡 Help us support Cherokee Summer Language Camp! #savingthecherokeelanguage
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Yesterday at the Macon County Library, Lamar Marshall spoke on trails and roads involving the Trail of Tears in the county in 1838 to a full house as part of the library's Walk into Spring program. The photo at the bottom shows folks coming in early to get a seat. It filled up so much they had to bring in more chairs! ... See MoreSee Less

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