Pictured above are Rhea County Executive George Thacker (far right), Friends of Cherokee Removal Memorial Park Members Tom Morgan and Becky Tucker and Cherokee Removal Memorial Park Manager Nancy Williams with copies of Rhea County Revealed, the 2013 tourist’s guide, being distributed to visitors at the park.
Published: 4:13 PM, 09/24/2013
Last updated: 4:31 PM, 09/24/2013
Source: The Herald-News
Rhea County Executive George Thacker met with Friends of the
Cherokee Removal Memorial Park Members Tom Morgan and Becky Tucker and Cherokee Removal Memorial
Park Manager Nancy Williams to show his interest in and support for cooperative efforts among county
leaders to make the historic park a major area tourist attraction. Ideas for increasing
sustainability of the Meigs County-owned park were discussed.
“I want to work to
increase visibility of the park. It can be an important tourist attraction for our
area,” Thacker said.
During his visit, Thacker saw the current construction
project at the park, a seven-sided memorial structure listing the Henderson Roll, which names many
Cherokees and Creeks who were forced west during the Trail of Tears. Additionally, the group
inspected the boat dock at the park, which is being expanded to provide needed capacity for docking
The Cherokee Removal Memorial Park-Blythes Ferry is a major hub for the
annual Sandhill Crane Days which includes river cruises and numerous educational activities
celebrating the migration of the bird. Another developed area of the park is a river overlook,
which provides excellent points for observing numerous birds of the area.
Construction of the
latest memorial structure is in conjunction with the park’s observance of the 175th anniversary of
the Trail of Tears. Plans are underway for a ceremony on Oct. 27 to dedicate the new
structure. Cherokee Removal Memorial Park, located in Meigs County, Tenn., off Highway 60, is
dedicated to those who died and those who cried on the Trail of Tears.