A Path Through TimeThe 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.
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 By||By John D. Grubb and Louise G. Summer Fund for Monroe County, Tennessee Overhill Association and State of Tenneessee|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:36am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 752236 N 3940866|
|Decimal Degrees||35.57940000, -84.21640000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 34.764', W 84° 12.984'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 34' 45.84" N, 84° 12' 59.04" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 31 S Baltimore Ave, Vonore TN 17065, US|
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