Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Nancy Ward

Marker ID: THC 2A 10
Location: On Old Highway 411 west of Crossing Way, Benton, TN
County: Polk
Coordinates: N 35° 09.885    W 084° 40.774
  35.16475    -84.67956666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM4226


High priestess of the Cherokees and always loyal friend of white settlers, is buried on the ridge to the west. She repeatedly prevented massacres of white settlers and several times rescued captives from death at the hands of her people. She is also credited with the introduction of milk cows and many improvements in homemaking into the Cherokee economy.

Tennessee Historical Commission