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Cherokee Heritage

Cherokee Heritage

ᎤᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ (Welcome)

Learn more about the history of the Overhill region and our Cherokee heritage. The intro above is written in text derived from the Cherokee Syllabary created Sequoyah.

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We invite you to explore the land once known as the Overhill Cherokee Country. The term “overhill” referred to the historic Cherokee settlements that rested on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains – Overhill from the Cherokee settlements in the Carolinas and Georgia. Much has changed here over time, but some things remain. You will see the same ridgetops and streams that were here in the 1700’s. You will notice place names that remind you of the Native People who gave them those names – Chestuee, Oostanaula, Tellico, Hiwassee, Ocoee, Chilhowee, and Citico. Yet, visiting here in the Overhill is not the complete story of the Cherokee people. To gain a deeper and fuller understanding of the history and contemporary culture of the Cherokee, it is important to explore beyond the borders of the Tennessee Overhill. A visit to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, NC is an excellent place to start. View Historic Cherokee Country Map

Background

The Tennessee Overhill region takes its name from the Overhill Cherokee towns that were located in East Tennessee in the 1700’s. The term “overhill” referred to the Cherokee settlements that rested on the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains – on the other side of the mountains from the Cherokee settlements in the Carolinas and Georgia. The Overhill towns were located primarily in the Little Tennessee, Tellico, and Hiwassee river valleys and tributaries. By the mid-1700’s the Overhill Cherokee Country was a hotbed of political intrigue. France and Britain were vying for the right to trade with the Cherokees and also for control of the continent. During the American Revolution, and later into the 1790’s, the Overhill towns were damaged repeatedly by attacks from colonial and territorial militia. Eventually many of the old Overhill towns were abandoned altogether. In the Treaty of 1819 the Cherokee ceded their lands from the Little Tennessee River south to the Hiwassee River, ending Cherokee control of the Overhill Country. Unfortunately, this did not quell the United State’s desire for more land and in 1838 the remaining Cherokee people were moved west on what is now known as the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee People Today

The Overhill Cherokee settlements faded into time but the Cherokee people did not. The Cherokee Nation, based in Oklahoma, is a thriving and sovereign nation of over 200,000 people. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, based in North Carolina, has over 12,000 enrolled members. Another 15,000 Cherokees are members of the United Keetoowah Band.

Learn More:

Sequoyah | Nancy Ward | Oconastota | Cherokee Story of Creation |   Museum of the Cherokee Indian

Places to stay near here

FIND COMFORT NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

The Tennessee Overhill region covers several areas that are full of wonderful places to stay. No matter where you end up, you can rest easy knowing days full of fun and adventure await!

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Economy Inn

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Hampton Inn

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Telliquah Falls Log Cabins

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Notchy Creek Campground

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Mountain Stream Cabins

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Super 8

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Indian Boundary Campground

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Ducktown Copper Inn

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Ocoee Retreat Center

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Tellico Vacations

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Hilltop Hotel

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Hunt’s Lodge Campground

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Econo Lodge

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Scottish Inn

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Spring Creek Retreat

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The Hangout

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Day’s Inn Sweetwater

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High Country Adventures

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Days Inn

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Cuddle Up Cabin Rentals

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Company House – B&B

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Whistlestop Quilt Retreat

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Motor Inns of America

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Green Cove Lodge

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Mountain Escape Properties

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Mountain Creek Hideaway

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Comfort Inn

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Calhoun – Hiwassee Acres

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Cherohala Motorcycle Resort

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Gee Creek State Park Campground

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Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina

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Toqua Campground

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Hidden Lake Campground

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Lost Creek Cabins

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America’s Best Value

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Ocoee Mist Farm B&B

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Watchman’s House

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Rodeway Inn

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The Lodge at Tellico

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Rasar Landing

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2 Rivers Campground

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Sequoyah Resort

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Chilhowee Campground

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The Nugget

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Grand Vista Hotel & Suites

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Farmhouse Inn

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Quest Expedition Cabins

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Quality Inn West

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Hiwassee Outfitters

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Welcome Valley Village

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Starr Mountain Retreat

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Calhoun – The Lodge At Reliance

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Mountain View Cabin Rentals

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I-75 Campground

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Red Roof Inn

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Copperhill Country Cabins

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Over-Niter RV Park

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