Cherokee County Historical Museum
The Cherokee County Historical Museum is located next to the county courthouse and features exhibits on local history, Cherokee history and culture (before the tribe was forced to move to Oklahoma on the "Trail of Tears"), and local geology. There is also a large collection of over 700 dolls—the oldest of which dates to 1865—depicting many famous people such as Fred Astaire, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana. The museum is part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
Backstory and Context
The museum contains 40 panels that illustrate local Cherokee history through photographs and drawings. This allows visitors to connect to the history of the area through visual depictions. In addition to the Cherokee history on display, the museum contains artifacts from early pioneer settlers. Many hand-made household items and farming tools are displayed, maintaining the history of some of the earliest settlers in the area.
The Cherokee County Historical Museum is part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. This trail commemorates the Cherokee and other tribes who were forced to move to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. The museum houses a replica of the houses Cherokee residents used before their removal, log cabins that were typically used by settlers after the Cherokee were removed.
2. Cherokee County Historical Museum. Blue Ridge Heritage. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.blueridgeheritage.com/destinations/cherokee-county-historical-museum/.
3. Trail of Tears. National Park Service. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.nps.gov/trte/learn/historyculture/index.htm.