Cherokee Removal Park Looks Back 180 Years

This Memorial at the Cherokee Removal Park is dedicated to the Cherokees that died and those that cried due to their forced removal, which has become known as the "Trail of Tears".(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Principal Chief Bill John Baker Will Attend Day of Remembrance

November 2018

Birchwood, TN  —  The Trail of Tears story is one of removal camps and detachment routes. Here at Blythe Ferry, the first encampment arrived on August 27, 1838 and the last detachment left on November 12, 1838.  It is in this time of year that we would like to reflect and remember those that left their homeland on their journey west.  In remembrance of the 180th anniversary we would like to welcome you to join us in our day of remembrance. Joining us on this day will be Principal Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation.

Event begins at 10:00 am and last until 2:00 pm.  The park is located at 6800 Blythe Ferry Road, just across the bridge on Highway 60 near the town of Birchwood.  Phone number for the park is 423-339-2769.

The purpose of the memorial is to educate people about the terribly inhumane events surrounding the Indian Removal Act of 1830 which resulted in the forced march of thousands of Cherokee from their peaceful homes among the rivers and mountains of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and North Georgia to “Indian Territory” at Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

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