Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Trail of Tears ~ Circa 1838

Marker ID: THC 2C 19
Location: on Tennessee Route 111, Spencer, TN
County: VanBuren
Coordinates: N 35° 35.24    W 085° 28.247
  35.58733333    -85.47078333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


On October 20, 1837, B. B. Cannon with a group of 365 treaty party Cherokees camped near here on their way to the Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Rainey’s Turnpike crossed here at the old John Fleming farm and in 1838 was one route used for the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians known as the “Trail of Tears.”

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.