Trail of Tears Meeting in Ft. Oglethorpe

The next meeting of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 AM at the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. This park is a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail because of Crawfish Road. In 1838 hundreds of Cherokee traveled north along the Crawfish Road in Georgia (now Lafayette Road) to one of the deportation camps at Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga, TN). After leaving the camp, many Cherokee crossed Moccasin Bend in Tennessee. CCNMP Ranger Christopher Young will lead us on a tour of the site.

We will meet at the Park Visitor Center at 3370 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, GA 30742 (for those using GPS). From Interstate 75, take Exit 350 and turn west on Battlefield Parkway (GA 2) to Fort Oglethorpe. Turn left at the intersection of Battlefield Parkway and Lafayette Road. Go one mile on Lafayette Road to the park entrance and visitor center. From Interstate 24, take Exit 180 and turn south on US Hwy. 27 (Rossville Boulevard) to Fort Oglethorpe. At the intersection of Battlefield Parkway, continue straight through the intersection onto Lafayette Road to the park entrance one mile ahead. For further information, call the Visitor Center at (706) 866-9241.

The Trail of Tears Association is dedicated to identifying and preserving sites associated with the removal of Native Americans from the southeast. We are also committed to educating the public about this tragic period in our country’s history. The Association consists of nine state chapters representing the nine states that the Cherokee and other tribes traveled through on their way to present-day Arkansas and Oklahoma.

You need not be a member to attend our chapter meetings nor have Native American heritage, just an interest and desire to learn more about this fascinating subject. Our meetings are free and open to the public. For more information about the TOTA, visit the National website at www.nationaltota.org or the Georgia Chapter website www.gatrailoftears.org. For questions about the meeting, contact Tony Harris at harris7627@bellsouth.net.