Unicoi Turnpike Trail

Unicoi Turnpike Trail (HM1FDT)

Location: Vonore, TN 37885 Monroe County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 35.748', W 84° 12.384'

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The path now known as the Unicoi Turnpike Trail has existed for over 1,000 year. The earliest European maps of the area note the trail as a connector between Cherokee Territories and the coastal ports of Charleston and Savannah. In 1756 British soldiers hauled weapons and supplies across the trail to establish Fort Loudoun. In the early 1800 the trail was converted into a roll road and turnpike. In 1838 over 3,000 Cherokees traveled over the Unicoi Turnpike during the Trail of Tears.

Exploring an Ancient Path
We invite you to travel through layers of history as you trace the Unicoi Turnpike Trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. Historic sites and museums along the way will illustrate the role this important transportation route played in our nation history. A two and one half mile section of the original roadbed at Coker Creek is open for hiking.

Map points
1. Fort Loundoun; 2. Tellico Blockhouse; 3. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum; 4. Chato and Tanasi Memorials; 5. Tellico Plains; 6. Charles Hall Museum; 7. Coker Creek; 8. Unicoi Gap; 9. Joe Brown Highway; 10. Murphy; 11. Cherokee County Historical Museum; 12. Belltown (Cane Creek) Massacre; 13. Trail of Tears; 14. Hiking Trail.

Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
Placed ByJohn D. Grubb and Louise G. Summer Fund for Monroe County, Tennessee Overhill Association and State of Tenneessee
By Don Morfe, April 26, 2014
2. Unicoi Turnpike Trail Marker  Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports) Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 11:33pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 753091 N 3942711
Decimal Degrees35.59580000, -84.20640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 35.748', W 84° 12.384'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 35' 44.88" N, 84° 12' 23.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)423
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 441-499 Fort Loudon Rd, Vonore TN 37885, US
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