Hair Conrad Cabin
The Hair Conrad Cabin is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places as well as on the Trail of Tears. Located in Bradley County, Tennessee, the Hair Conrad Cabin is known as the oldest residential structure. This structure has a rich history that is connected to the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears. Hair Conrad, the Cabin's builder, was half Cherokee Indian and lead the Cherokee Indians on their journey to Oklahoma in August 1938.
Backstory and Context
The Hair Conrad Cabin was built in 1804 by Conrad. He was half Cherokee. His father was white and his mother was a Cherokee Indian. The cabin was a simple log cabin which was built in a "white settler" style.1
Hair Conrad holds a historic place with the Cherokee Indians as he served as a leader. He led the first group of Cherokee Indians in Bradley County on the Trail of Tears journey in August of 1838. They arrived in Oklahoma in January of 1839. Hair Conrad was born 1775 and died November 2, 1844.
Prior to leading the Cherokee people in their journey, Conrad served as a "delegate from the Amohee District"2 as he participated in the writing of the "Cherokee Constitution" in 1827.3
Conrad held a position of leadership and authority throughout his life by representing the Cherokee people in regards to amendment of the "treaty of 1835" and "restoration of weapons which had be surrendered by military demands."4
Conrad was a member of "Council from the Tahlequah District in 1843" and died in 1844 at 69 (or 70) years of age. (The day of his birth is not available)5