Walks introduce Trail of Tears road trace on Moccasin Bend (with video)

Walks introduce Trail of Tears road trace on Moccasin Bend (with video)

October 25th, 2013 by Staff Report in Life Entertainment

A stretch of roadway with Trail of Tears significance will be unveiled Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District.

The rediscovered 0.6-mile road trace was the route to the Brown's Ferry river crossing on Moccasin Bend during the forced removal of Cherokee and Creek Indians to Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma). The road trace has been cleared of vegetation, and interpretive signs have been placed along the route.

Grand-opening ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by a guided interpretive walk along the trace to the Tennessee River.

This 90-minute ranger-guided walk will discuss the importance of the Brown's Ferry Federal Road property related to Indian Removal of 1838.

Buses will be available starting at 9:15 a.m. to transport visitors to the historic site from the parking area at the Friends of Moccasin Bend offices, 175 Hamm Road.

The guided walk will be repeated at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, as well as at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Shuttle buses will be provided both days.

2013 marks the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears.