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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Burial Site of Nancy Ward, "The Pocahontas of Tennessee"

Burial Site of Nancy Ward, "The Pocahontas of Tennessee"

Nancy Ward was a princess of Cherokee Nation, and some call her The Pocahontas of Tennessee. Known to the Cherokee as Nanyehi, she was a Beloved Woman of the Cherokee, which means that she was allowed to sit in councils and to make decisions, along with the chiefs and other Beloved Women. She believed in peaceful coexistence with the European-Americans and helped her people as peace negotiator and ambassador. She also introduced them to farming and dairy production bringing substantial changes to the Cherokee society.

She died in 1822 and was buried atop a hill that overlooks the Ocoee River in Polk County. A century later, the Nancy Ward chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution built this memorial at her gravesite. Today, this gravesite is easily accessible as a State Park, located along Old US411 a mile southwest of Benton. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Nancy Ward Tomb.

Read more about her here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Ward
See the D.A.R. marker here: seemidtn.com/gallery/index.php?album=historical-markers%2...
See the TN Historic Marker: seemidtn.com/gallery/index.php?album=historical-markers%2...
See the TN Overhill Experience marker: seemidtn.com/gallery/index.php?album=historical-markers%2...

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