Cherokee Council Grounds
When Red Clay was the capitol of the Cherokee Nation eleven General Councils were held here. These were gatherings of national significance with as many as 5,000 people attending. They were also social events for the Indians who camped here for days or even weeks at a time.
Recent investigation suggests that the original council house may have been much larger than the one reconstructed here, possibly with an opening in the roof to allow smoke from the council fires to escape. Benches would have circled the building as those pictured, to seat the delegates from the eight districts. It is heartbreaking to realize that it was here the Cherokees finally came to acknowledge that they could never again return to the mountains, streams, fields, and farms that were their ancestral home.