Places To Go in North Carolina
Historic sites and interpretive facilities on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in North Carolina for you to visit:
Cherokee County Historical Museum, Murphy
Location: 87 Peachtree Street; in the 2-story, stone Carnegie Library Building.
Phone: (828) 837-6792
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Available Facilities: The museum has a small sales area and restrooms. It is operated by Cherokee County Historical Museum, Inc.
Exhibits: The museum's first floor features several Trail of Tears exhibits.
To learn more www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=116
Junaluska Memorial and Museum, Robbinsville
Location: 1 Junaluska Drive in Robbinsville.
Telephone: (828) 479-4727
Hours: Between April and October, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; November through March, closed Saturday. The Junaluska Memorial Site is open for exploration anytime.
Historical Significance: The memorial and museum is located at the burial site of Cherokee warrior Junaluska, who in 1838 was forcibly moved from his home to Fort Montgomery (a short-lived camp in Robbinsville) and then on to Fort Butler (Murphy, North Carolina), Fort Cass (Calhoun, Tennessee), and over the Northern Route to Indian Territory. He later returned to North Carolina and died near this site in 1858.
Available Facilities: Surrounding Junaluska's grave is a 7-sided monument with seven granite markers upon it. There is a marker for each of the seven Cherokee clans. Each marker tells about Junaluska's life and achievements.
Exhibits: The museum contains arrowheads, spearpoints, and other Cheoah Valley artifacts along with information about this valley, its people, and its place in American history as it relates to the Trail of Tears.
To learn more: www.main.nc.us/graham/junaluskamemorial.html
Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee
Location: Intersection of Tsali Blvd. (U.S. Highway 441) and Drama Road in Cherokee.
Phone: (828) 497-3481
Hours: The museum is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; during the summertime, closing time is extended to 7 p.m. except on Sunday.
Available Facilities: The museum facility includes a gift shop, archives, and library. It meets wheelchair accessibility standards. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates the museum.
Exhibits: New museum exhibits combine technology (lighting, audio, holograms, and computer-generated images) and a display of artifacts. The Trail of Tears is one of the museum's major interpretive themes.
To learn more: www.cherokeemuseum.org
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.