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Join us Sunday May 17th at 3 p.m. for our monthly meeting at the Heritage Center in Charleston.  Special guest speaker will be Mr. Greg Vital, a member of the National Park Conservation Association Board of Trustees.  Mr. Vital will talk about the importance of protecting National Parks and share some of his favorite experiences in the many parks he has personally visited.

Mr. Vital was instrumental in the development of the Cherokee Removal Park in Meigs County and has been a supporter of the heritage project in Charleston from the very beginning. 

Mr. Vital is also president and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties and Morning Pointe Assisted Living based in Chattanooga.

Also at the meeting, Barrett Painter will present a book about the Trail of Tears to the Hiwassee River Heritage Center in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harlen Painter.

Pictured above, Walker Valley High students visit The Heritage Center, November 2014

Laura Spann presents program on local Civil War history

Billy Nichols (right) discusses Civil War relics with Fred Underdown

Cherokee Memorial dedication 2013

Cherokee Memorial dedication at Blythe Ferry October 2013

CCH Members meet western band Tribal Chief Jack Baker Trail of Tears President

Visitors to Heritage Center, local scouting groups

Ribbon cutting at Cherokee Memorial Blythe Ferry 2013

Tennessee Chapter Trail of Tears meets at Heritage Center.  Bob Erwin presents program on history of the Harvey Wilson Home, and Cherokee encampment near the house.

The Hiwassee River and the settlements on its banks were witness to important and ultimately heartbreaking historical events. Settled around the river, Charleston and Calhoun were often referred to as the twin cities. These two southern river towns in Tennessee may be small, but their place in history is significant and largely untold until now. An important piece of American history was almost lost until the residents of these two cities decided this was a story that needs to be told and a people who need to be remembered. 
   (Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce "Your Passport to Explore Cherokee Heritage")


You are invited to begin your own journey of discovery to explore the rich heritage of this area.
2013 Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society