1. The video of Amazing Grace sung in Cherokee language was beautiful!

  2. I live in Cherokee county and the land is Beautiful here

  3. Yes! Big government killed them off… But hey! Let’s name this after them?

  4. You are right,the Song Amazing Grace is beautiful and sad I love it.

  5. Benjiman Bridges Whorton was born in Turkey Town in 1817 and the first settlers came from South Carolina in 1835?

  6. Also, saying the Cherokee “migrated” west is a bit of a whitewash of the facts don’t you think?

  7. what a shame on our country

  8. Betty & I live in Cherokee Co. The scene which you shared is the Cherokee Rock Village (about 15 miles from our house.) Barry Springs is approximately 15 miles from our house (& your Aunt Becky’s & Uncle George’s house) NE of Cedar Bluff. A stockade was built at B. Springs to hold local native Americans until they were marched westward. Butch & Betty

  9. I live in Pickens Co, GA not far from New Echota, the seat of the Cherokee Indian government.

  10. Sh don’t mention it somebody want you to change Cherokee County name…..like RedSkins..

  11. Rachel, do you still sing this?

  12. Read about our county we moved to. A lot of history here.

  13. Proud to be Cherokee & Seminole! #NativeNation

  14. and the blacks whine about slavery

    1. So called whites are the original slaves. Slavic slaves.

    2. The Cherokee Indians,And blacks are my ancestors, My heritage, We both have a reason to whine.It hurts my heart daily to think and know about it.There is a problem if you think one mattered over the other one. All of it was and is wrong.

  15. Always happy to see anything about the Cherokee. My maternal ggrandmother was Cherokee–her family moved to Alabama from Georgia before Civil War.

  16. Cherokee is not the ancient name of the people. It’s a new made up name created for white slaves and peasants.

  17. Seminole means runaway in Creek. If your ancestors weren’t Maroons, you aren’t a Seminole.

  18. How can white people be Indians when the Indians were described as being black/brown/red people? Ya’ll not from over here. LOL

  19. Just finished reading “Jacksonland” which details the relationship and historical events surrounding President Jackson and the Cherokee Nation and their eventual removal from the south. Recommend highly. Don’t think as much of Jackson as I did before reading this. My Cherokee relatives of Cherokee Co and Clay Co NC mostly managed to avoid relocation. More people died in the stockade than on the Trail of Tears. Check it out.

  20. […] ordered to round-up and remove the remaining Indians. This forcible removal came to be called the “Trail of Tears”. Between 1831 and 1837, approximately 46,000 Native Americans were forced to leave their homes in […]

  21. Cherokee County had another stockade at Ft. Lovell, somewhere in the Cedar Bluff area now under water. Cherokees were also marched from Turkeytown in Cherokee County. Jim Lewis is the historian for the Historical Preservation Society, Cherokee County, AL and has been working on a very impressive TOT display at the Cherokee County Historical Museum. He has a large collection of information on this subject at the Museum as well. Go to Welcome to Cherokee website for future updates on this and other Cherokee County history.

  22. Donna,

    My name is Jim Lewis, Cherokee County Historian.You have a lot of misinformation about the furnaces and first Confederate cannon. It is unfortunate that once this misinformation is made public, it is like releasing the genie from the bottle, once released, can’t be put back in.

    1. Hi Jim,
      Thank you for your comment. I listed the sources for the information with the article and did not realize it was inaccurate. Much of it came from Wikipedia so that is probably why. I can post any corrections you would like to make under the article. That way people can see both the inaccuracies with the correct information.

  23. Shinbone Ridge does not lie “wholly” in Cherokee County. I could see it out my mother’s kitchen windows, and we lived in Etowah County. It actually runs all the way down to Gadsden.

    My Phariss and Bankson ancestors moved into Cherokee County during the 1840’s-1850’s.

  24. Reggie B Watts. You might like to see this one…

  25. They were held in Mt Vernon at Searcy for a while. Mt Vernon was the site of a fort that was on the borders of Spanish Florida and the United States. The old federal road ended at Mt Vernon

  26. Donna, Please check the information and the sources you are putting on your website and make sure the information posted is correct. Having been a teacher, you must realize how misinformation posted on this site will be quoted by other researchers.

    Rock Run Furnace was not built until after the Civil War.
    There were no confederate cannons made in Cherokee County.
    Almost all of the Cherokee Indians rounded up in Cherokee County were sent to Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga. Near the end of the roundup, about 20 Indians were sent directly to Fort Payne.

    Please be more responsible in checking your articles for accuracy before putting them on your website. Everyone makes mistakes, but if the information cannot be determined to be factual, it should be stated what source you are deriving you information.

    Jim Lewis

    1. Hi Jim,
      Thank you for your comment. Most of the sources for the story are listed at the end. Scroll down the page to see them. There are also links within the story about Rock Run that take you to articles written by Hugh Cardon. I assumed he was a good source since the following was stated about him.

      Mr. Hugh Cardon wrote the following history of Cherokee County on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the county in 1936. This history was published in the COOSA RIVER NEWS on Friday, August 7, 1936. Mr. Cardon was a much-respected historian of the county and a collector of antiques and Indian artifacts. He died February 11, 1953. The Historical Society collected a number of his articles written for the public press published them from time to time. The following article was preserved by Mr. J. Robert Embry of the Blanche, Lookout Mountain Valley, Little River Area and loaned it to the Historical Society

      In this article, he states the following.

      Very little is known of the early history of the Rock Run furnace except that it was in operation during the Civil War, being the largest in the County and supplying iron to Confederate munitions makers. It was destroyed also by Federal troops in 1862 or 1863, being rebuilt in 1879 by the Bass Foundry and Machine Company and was the last charcoal furnace in the United States to be blown out. It is interesting to know that statistics show that during the Civil War, one seventh of all the iron produced in Alabama was made in Cherokee County.

      In the same article, he also states,

      The first Confederate cannon was made by Noble in Rome, from iron drawn from the hills of Cherokee County and smelted at Cornwall. This furnace was destroyed by Gen. Blair in 1864 but was rebuilt by Col. Rattray.

      Should Historian Hugh Cardon not be used as a reliable source? Also, I don’t understand the confusion on the Native American stockade at Barry Springs.

  27. I have lived in cherokee county almost all of my life. I feel that this county should honor our native American history more. I feel like the county is losing its history and I would love to see the respect and dignity given back to the ones who originally owned this land! This was their land ! I bless them for letting me stay here in this great area. Growing up , we had the cherokee plaza and the local museum which at least gave recognition to our tribal history. They should be respected and honored more ! I would love to see more recognition someday. Thanks for the awesome website also !

  28. Hello Friends
    Does anyone have any information about a Cedar Bluff 1866 massacre of a family of 4? My cousin is very interested in this story.
    Thank You All

  29. When I click on your link to read the rest, my computer blocks it because the link infected!!!

  30. Sounds interesting. Would love to read it, but unable.

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