The Surprising Story Behind Tennessee’s Trail of Tears

  1. Danny Mosley says:

    In the 1970,s our family would vacation in the Smokey Mt. almost every year. We use to watch an outdoor play called Unto These Hills. It was a Play about the “Trail of Tears” Have you heard of this in your research??

  2. Danny Mosley says:

    In the 1970,s our family would vacation in the Smokey Mt. almost every year. We use to watch an outdoor play called Unto These Hills. It was a Play about the “Trail of Tears” Have you heard of this in your research??

  3. Phyll Beach says:

    Thanks for the great info, much of which was new to me. An official Trail of Tears marker is about a mile from our 1860s house located in Coopertown. It is easy to imagine the trail went thru the 600 acres of property that was owned by the original owner of our house. This house was a stage coach stop on the road between Springfield and Ashland City. The now very lightly traveled stage coach road still exists and I often sit on the front porch and try to conjure up what it must have been like to live here then.

  4. Phyll Beach says:

    Thanks for the great info, much of which was new to me. An official Trail of Tears marker is about a mile from our 1860s house located in Coopertown. It is easy to imagine the trail went thru the 600 acres of property that was owned by the original owner of our house. This house was a stage coach stop on the road between Springfield and Ashland City. The now very lightly traveled stage coach road still exists and I often sit on the front porch and try to conjure up what it must have been like to live here then.

  5. Melissa says:

    I would love to do this when my kids are a little older. I’m part Cherokee myself, and I am also very passionate about history. There is something incredibly special to me about standing where history happened. There is a connection I feel that I can’t quite explain.

  6. Melissa says:

    I would love to do this when my kids are a little older. I’m part Cherokee myself, and I am also very passionate about history. There is something incredibly special to me about standing where history happened. There is a connection I feel that I can’t quite explain.

  7. […] the actual Trail of Tears. Fall is a beautiful time to walk this historic trail, but before you go, read this little-known backstory about what happened there– It will make the experience much more meaningful to your family. You might even opt to wait […]

  8. […]   21. Teach your children about one of the darkest days in Tennessee history by walking the Trail of Tears. Port Royal State Park isn’t far from Nashville and it includes a documented stretch of the actual Trail of Tears, where thousands of Cherokee Indians lost their lives on a forced march westward, away from their homes. Be sure and tell your children the backstory before you go- What we uncovered surprised us. You can read the full story about Tennessee’s Trail of Tears and what to expect at Port Royal … […]

  9. […]   Teach your children about one of the darkest days in Tennessee history by walking the Trail of Tears. Port Royal State Park isn’t far from Nashville and it includes a documented stretch of the actual Trail of Tears, where thousands of Cherokee Indians lost their lives on a forced march westward, away from their homes. Be sure and tell your children the backstory before you go- What we uncovered surprised us. You can read the full story about Tennessee’s Trail of Tears and what to expect at Port Royal … […]

  10. Debbie says:

    My grandfather was 100% Cherokee. It brings me to tears every time I try to go to a website that talks of the Trail of Tears. He use to go by the last name of Cornett. Which is a name on the Indian roll. Then for some reason or another his name was changed. His son said he would never speak of being an Indian or anything about them. Been trying to find out why he would have changed his name. Often wonder if it had something to do with The Trail of Tears….

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