Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12 - : Cherokee County

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Things to do in Cherokee County for the weekend of Saturday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 12

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 4:48 pm

Saturday, Jan. 11

Park Ranger Larry Beane will present “Trail of Tears: The Benge Route” at Little River Canyon Center on Saturday January 11, 2014, from 2 to 3 PM. The survivors of the Benge Detachment of the Trail of Tears arrived in Indian Territory 175 years ago, on January 11, 1839. The presentation will include a discussion about the people who left here and a short video about the Cherokee Removal. The Benge Detachment left Fort Payne at the end of September, 1838. They spent four months traveling, mostly in the winter. They arrived with at least 1132 people in Indian Territory. This was one of the more successful detachments, having the least number, 33 recorded deaths, and the second shortest trip time of 126 days. This area was a major Cherokee center in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Today there are few traces revealing the significance of the Cherokee Nation surrounding Fort Payne. The Landmarks Museum currently has a Trail of Tears exhibit downtown. You may also visit Fort Payne Cabin and the Willstown Mission Sites. It is hard to imagine this community, also known as Willstown or Wattstown, was once the home of Cherokee chiefs. John Ross, the chief of the Cherokee Nation during removal was born in nearby Turkeytown, and had a brother who lived here. National Park Superintendent Gail Bishop and Little River Canyon Center Director Pete Conroy invite the public to come out and enjoy the free event. Call (256) 845-9605 for more information or to register for the program. Visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/liri or follow our updates on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lirinps to find information on this and other events.

The Cherokee County Public Library is offering a Fine Free January! Bring back your overdue items (in the same condition as when checked out) and from now until January 31, no fines will be charged.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

In high school basketball action, Cherokee County plays at Sacred Heart, TBA, Fyffe plays at Collinsville beginning at 1 p.m. and Piedmont plays at Ohatchee beginning at 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12

The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.

The Edge, a contemporary worship service that welcomes each person as he or she is and challenges us all to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ, meets at 8:45 a.m. at Centre First United Methodist Church.

Visit the beautiful Rock Village, home of some of the best hiking and rock climbing throughout the world. Enjoy fresh air and beautiful scenery. Go to the intersection of U.S. Highway 411 and Highway 68 in Leesburg, turn right, turn left on Cherokee County 36, to the intersection of County Road 36 and County Road 70, turn left and follow the signs.

Visit the historical Cornwall Furnace on Cherokee County Road 92 in Cedar Bluff.

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