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National Register of Historic Places Nominations
The National Park Service, in partnership with a wide variety of state agencies, universities, and other entities, has nominated properties associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail to the National Register of Historic Places. The nomination process involves identifying properties of high integrity with a significant association to the Trail of Tears. Associated properties eligible for the National Register help trail enthusiasts to positively identify the Trail of Tears on the ground and promote the significance of the trail in our communities, and it may offer additional protection features to the sites.
A key feature of the initiative is the completion of the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form for the Cherokee Trail of Tears, which was entered onto the National Register on June 26, 2003. The Multiple Property Form provides historic contexts and significances for properties. And, it also identifies property types, including descriptions, resource significance statements, and nomination requirements for properties such as fort sites and emigration depots, roadbeds, ferry crossings and landings, campsites, structures, gravesites, and disbandment sites. Download the Multiple Property Form to learn more about the historical context of this trail.
See the listing below for the properties that have already been entered onto the National Register.
Visit the National Register of Historic Places website at http://nrhp.focus.nps.gov/ for more information. Or contact the National Trails Intermountain Region staff using the Contact Us link in the left-hand navigation.
National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)/National Historic Landmark (NHL)
Properties are on the National Register of Historic Places ONLY unless otherwise indicated.
Cherokee Plantation, Fort Payne
Blackfish Lake Ferry Site, New Shady Grove
Calhoun Mine NHL, Dahlonega (NHL)
Golconda Historic District, Golconda
Columbus-Belmont Civil War State Park, Columbus
Bainbridge Ferry, Cape Girardeau
Bushyhead, Rev. Jesse, Grave, Westville
Audubon Acres Site, Chattanooga
Browse the Certified Sites page by state to find address information for some of these locations.
Did You Know?
Not all Cherokee people were removed from their homelands to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) on the Trail of Tears. The Oconaluftee Cherokees had treaty rights, and they, along with fugitives fleeing the army, became the Eastern Band of Cherokees, still residing in North Carolina.