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Cherokee Phoenix: The Unbroken Spirit of the Cherokee and the Start of the Trail of Tears

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Southeast TN was once the heart of the Cherokee Nation, so our area’s history is full of compelling stories of human spirit and sacrifice. Come explore the many fascinating Cherokee sites in this region with Sweet Magnolia Tours!

  • Two Nights’ Hotel Accommodations and Round Trip Baggage Handling
  • Full Breakfast Buffet at the hotel two mornings
  • Sweet Magnolia Step-on Tour Guide for all days
  • Cleveland City Tour
    Just minutes away from the beautiful Ocoee River, Cleveland is centrally located to outdoor adventures, peaceful getaways and exciting metropolitan activities.
  • Red Clay State Park
    Red Clay State Historic Park encompasses 263-acres of narrow valleys formerly used as cotton and pasture land. The park site was the last seat of Cherokee national government before the 1838 enforcement of the Indian Removal Act by the U.S. military. Red Clay is where the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that the Cherokee learned they had lost their mountains, streams and valleys forever.
    The park is home to a natural landmark, Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool. The spring was used by the Cherokee for their water supply during council meetings. Also onsite is the eternal flame of the Cherokee Nation.
  • Museum Center at 5ive Points
    The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee Region through dynamic exhibits and creative programming. The River of Time exhibit explores the region’s rich cultural heritage and The “Red Back:” America’s Best-Loved Hymnal offers visitors a look at the history and impact of the beloved “Red Back” Church Hymnal.
  • Tour of Charleston, TN
    The land around the Hiwassee River was a different place 200 years ago. It was a thriving Cherokee community with missions, farmlands, stores, and families. This was a gateway to a separate nation from the United States of America, the Cherokee Nation. In the fall of 1838, the agency area was the scene of one of the greatest American tragedies, the forced removal of the Cherokee from their homeland on what is now known as the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee Agency site and the miles around it became Ft. Cass, the headquarters for the entire removal operation.
    Years later during the Civil War, Charleston’s position on the Hiwassee made it a pivotal position in war strategy. Several historic structures were used by both Union and Confederate soldiers including an overnight stay by Union Gen. William T. Sherman at the historic Henegar House.
  • Lunch at Jenkins Restaurant
  • Cherokee Removal Park OR Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District
    Cherokee Removal Memorial Park is dedicated to those that died and those that cried in what has become known as the “Trail of Tears”.
    OR
    The Removal West: The Trail of Tears Across Moccasin Bend

    Take a 1.2mile round-trip guided hike along the Brown’s Ferry Road to the Tennessee River and learn about one of the darkest times in American History, the forced removal of the Cherokee.
  • Dinner Cruise on Southern Belle Riverboat OR River City Sessions Dinner Show

Following are per person package rates, including all taxes and fees.

  • Adult double occupancy starts at $239.00
  • Student double occupancy starts at $219.00

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