Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Cherokee Path

Marker ID: SCHM 37-3
Location: on Hwy. 11 between West Union and Salem
County: Oconee
Coordinates: N 34° 53.833    W 082° 59.818
  34.89721666    -82.99696666
Style: Free Standing **


The main trading path to the Cherokee Nation paralleled the route of Highway 11 for several miles at this point. This section of the path was used by travelers going from Keowee, the main Lower Town of the Cherokees, across the mountains to the Middle and Overhill Towns. The botanist William Bartram left a written account of his journey in 1776.

In addition to its importance in the Indian trade, the path played a military role in the Cherokee War and the Revolution. It linked Fort Prince George (1753) on the Keowee River with Fort Loudoun (1756) on the Little Tennessee. Expeditions against the Cherokees were led by Archibald Montgomery in 1760, James Grant in 1761, and Andrew Williamson in 1776.

Erected by S. C. Society, Daughters of the American Colonists - 1973