Historic Markers Across Georgia

Trail of Tears Cherokee

Marker ID:  
Location: On Wissahickon Ave opposite N. Cave Spring St in Cedartown, GA
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 33° 0.880    W 085° 15.531
  33.01466666    -85.25885
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Trail of Tears Cherokee Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Trail of Tears

Walk in their Footsteps

The area surrounding the Cedartown Big Springs was first inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. The land was prized for its abundance of sparkling spring water and shade-providing cedar trees. The Cherokee people lived here peacefully until May 26, 1838 when militia men began their forced round up as part of the 1830 Indian Removal Act. Eighty soldiers set up a military post here, on this very land, creating Camp Cedar Town. More than 200 Cherokee - men, women, and children - were captured during a month's time. Soldiers used as a place to hold the Cherokee captive until they were forced to travel to deportation camps in Tennessee and later, further west. Because of this, the land where you now stand plays a significant role in the Trail of Tears. On this ground, the Cherokee people wept, mourning the loss of the land they loved and the lives lost along the trail paved with tears.

This marker made possible by Woodmen of the world life insurance society-
"with your through life" and the trail of tears remembrance motorcycle ride.

Trail of Tears Cherokee
Photo by David Seibert