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4 Interesting Facts About Cherokee NC

Cherokee, North Carolina is an amazing town that is filled with amazing history and attractions. It is also one of the most popular day trips for guests staying in Murphy NC because it is less than an hour away. While Cherokee is mostly known for its casino, the town itself has an amazing story. Here are 4 interesting facts about Cherokee NC:

1. Still Home to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Cherokee Reservation As you probably guessed, the town of Cherokee was named after the tribe that lived in the area more than 1,000 years ago. The early settlers based their society on hunting, trading, and agriculture. To this day, the town is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It is estimated that there are about 15,300 members, most of whom still live in the area. There is a reservation in the western part of North Carolina called the Qualla Boundary where most of the current tribe members live.

2. Cultural Attractions

After you check out the casino, be sure to stop by some of Cherokee’s many cultural attractions. They have many different museums and demonstrations that help give guests a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history of the Cherokee Indians. At the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, you can take a self-guided tour that takes you through the years of the tribe. With the help of special effects and audio demonstrations, you will get to experience what the days were like for the early settlers.

3. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Roulette Wheel The biggest attraction in the city of Cherokee NC is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. The casino has all types of entertainment, including slot machines, live table games, video poker, and so much more! In addition to the games, the resort features a 15,000 square foot conference center, fine restaurants, and live entertainment. The neatest thing about the casino is that it is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee. A portion of the money that is made goes back into helping the members living on the reservation, providing essential needs such as income, health services, and long term development.

4. Battle of The Trail of Tears

Beginning in 1830, the history of Cherokee, North Carolina and the Cherokee Tribe was changed forever. That was the year that president Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, leading to what is known today as The Trail of Tears. It is estimated that up to 16,000 Cherokees were all gathered together and were forced off their land. Of those, nearly a quarter of them died due to hunger, disease, and exhaustion. However, the North Carolina Cherokees fought back against the demand. Those who were able to escape and hide banded together to establish the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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