Sugartown was the name of at least three Cherokee towns. In Cherokee, the name was Kulsetsiyi, meaning "honey-locust place" from "kulsetsi" (honey-locust) and "yi" (locative). The word "kulsetsi" came to be used for "sugar" as well, thus the town name was often rendered "Sugartown" by the English colonists.
A second Sugartown was located on the Cullasaja River close to the mouth of Ellijay Creek, near present-day Franklin, North Carolina. The Cullasaja River's name is a rendering of "Kulsetsi". This Sugartown was near the principal "Middle Town" of Nikwasi.
- Mooney, James. "Myths of the Cherokee" (1900, reprint 1995). See James Mooney.
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