Project aims to restore Cherokee chief’s cabin

Cleveland, Tennessee (AP) 3-08

A campaign has started to restore the last home of the Cherokee Nation’s chief before he was forced to move west with thousands in his tribe on what became known as the Trail of Tears.

Michael Willis, a former assistant to Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis, has begun a public awareness project to establish an organization or partnership to restore the structure.

The one-room log cabin belonged to Cherokee Chief John Ross before he was arrested and imprisoned in Springplace, Ga., on Nov. 7, 1835. Ross also was jailed with his guest, John Howard Payne, author of “Home Sweet Home.”

Ross and thousands of Cherokees were forced from their homes in Appalachia to Oklahoma in 1838. Many Cherokee lost their lives during the brutal trek, including Ross’ wife, Quatie.

 

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