Red Clay State Park

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Red Clay Council Ground
Cherokee-eternal-flame-tn1.jpg
Eternal Flame of the Cherokee Nation
Nearest city Cleveland, Tennessee
Area 150 acres (61 ha)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 72001229[1]
Added to NRHP September 14, 1972

Red Clay State Historic Park is located in southern Bradley County, Tennessee. The park is also listed as an interpretive center along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. It encompasses 263 acres (1.06 km2) of land and is located just above the Tennessee-Georgia stateline.

The park was the site of the last seat of Cherokee national government before the 1838 enforcement of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 by the U.S. military, which resulted in most of the Cherokee people in the area being forced to emigrate West. Eleven general councils were held between 1832 and 1837.[2]

The James F. Corn Interpretive Center features exhibits about 18th and 19th century Cherokee culture, government, economy, recreation, religion and history. A series of stained glass windows depicts the forced removal of the Cherokee and subsequent Trail of Tears emigration. There is also a video about the Cherokee. Outside there is a replica of a Cherokee farmstead and a Council House.

Other nearby Cherokee points of interest are the cabin of Chief John Ross located in Rossville, Georgia[3] and the grave site of Nancy Ward in Benton, Tennessee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Lois Osborne, "Red Clay State Historic Park," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
  3. ^ Ross House, Roadsidegeorgia.com, 2003.

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