aquone cabins - nantahala lake - north carolina - History
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In May 1838, volunteer troops from Macon County, North Carolina, established Camp Scott as a temporary base to support the capture of Cherokees from isolated communities in the area of Aquone on the Nantahala River Valley. This militia sent most of the detainees to Fort Butler (present-day Murphy) and, from there, to deportation camps in Tennessee. At the end of June, however, the volunteers’ terms of service ended. When the soldiers dispersed, they left behind 30 to 40 Cherokee prisoners. Most of these Cherokees fled into the mountains, where they joined other fugitives. After removal, they joined the Cherokee communities at Qualla Town and Sand Town, helping to form the nucleus of the present-day Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Chief Junaluska (above) was a prominent leader who traveled to Washington and met with President Jackson and members of Congress to protest the Indian Removal policy. He was among the Cherokee in North Carolina who were forced from their homes in 1838. His home was a log dwelling between Aquone and Valleytown on what is now known as Junaluska Creek. After surviving the Trail of Tears, Junaluska returned to North Carolina in 1843 to try and reclaim his land. His dwelling had been dismantled and moved, but Junaluska eventually succeeded in getting lands granted to him near Robbinsville in recognition of his service during the Creek War. He died in 1858, and the graves of Junaluska and his wife Nicie are located on a hillside in Robbinsville. Visitor of Aquone Cabins will take the road leading from Andrews NC to the Lake Nantahala...will use Junaluska Road.
All visitors to the Nantahala Community arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
Nantahala Lake, Aquone NC 28781