Kayaking Through History
Fort Loudoun and Blockhouse Ruins. One of our favorite tours! Paddle the flat waters of Tellico Lake to the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area.
This 4 hour tour takes you to the banks of the reconstructed Fort Loudoun and Blockhouse ruins. Watch a 15 minute movie at the welcome center/gift shop and then head to the fort to see and talk with volunteers in era- apparel about life in the 1700's.
Remember to bring your lunch or snacks to enjoy eating in the shaded picnic area. Located in the valley of the Little Tennessee River, near the Appalachian Mountains, Fort Loudoun State Historic Area provides a glimpse of life during the time of the French and Indian War (1754-1763).
The future of the North American continent was in the balance as armies from France, Spain and England fought for control of this land and it’s vast resources. Fort Loudoun (1756-1760), in the heart of the Overhill Cherokee country, played a part in that conflict which eventually laid the foundation for our nation we live in today. Fort Loudoun is located 15 miles south of Maryville, TN.
Chota Memorial and Oconostota Burial Site. Paddle back to the days of the Chota Nation on this 4 hour tour along the flat waters of Tellico Lake. Here lies the Chota Memorial, a full scale representation of the townhouse, or Council House, originally erected by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. The memorial sits in the same location as the original structure. The structure was used for public ceremonies and social events.
Oconostota's remains were uncovered during the archaeological digs around the site of Chota for the Tellico Reservoir impoundment. Oconostota was identified by a pair of reading glasses that he owned which were buried along with him in his canoe. His burial site is located at the front door of the Chota Council House. This was a high honor that indicated he was regarded as being above the stature of most Cherokee leaders. The members of the Council would have to walk over his grave to enter the structure and remember his contributions to the Chota village.
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.
The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, a property of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, strives to promote the understanding and appreciation of the history of the Cherokee people. This 4 hour paddle to the museum will give you the opportunity to learn the history of Sequoyah who was born circa 1776 at the village of Tuskeegee, which was very near where the Museum is today. Although Sequoyah was exposed to the concept of writing early in his life, he never learned the English alphabet. He began to toy with the idea of literacy for the Cherokee people. When he returned home after the war, he began to make the symbols that could make words. In recognition of his contributions, the Cherokee Nation awarded Sequoyah a silver medal created in his honor and a lifetime literary pension. He continued to serve Cherokee people as a statesman and diplomat until his death.