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Nequasee - Franklin, NC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 35° 11.093 W 083° 22.398
17S E 283899 N 3896126
Quick Description: An Indian Mound marking the spot of a township.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 11:04:46 AM
Waymark Code: WM9AFJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
Views: 2

Long Description:
This mound marks site of old cherokee town. Nikwasi. a council of Sir Alexander Cummings with the Indians here led to a treaty, 1730.
from Wikipedia:

Nikwasi (also spelled Nequassee, Nucassee, Noucassih, etc.) was an important Cherokee town located on the Little Tennessee River at the site of present-day Franklin, North Carolina.

A large mound is still visible, marking the location of the townhouse. The Nikwasi Mound has remained intact. It has not been excavated, so its age is uncertain, but it is similar to other nearby mounds whose age has been determined to be at least 1,000 years (Duncan 2003:152-153). These were built by the Mississippian mound builder culture, about 1000 CE. Cherokee entered the area later, probably after 1600.

In 1730, Alexander Cuming called for a council at the town of Nikwasi, which thousands of Cherokee attended. Afterwards, seven Cherokee, including Moytoy of Tellico, went with Cuming to visit England. In 1761, British forces destroyed the houses and fields of Nikwasi and used the townhouse on top of Nikwasi Mound as a field hospital.

After the troops left, the Cherokee returned and rebuilt the town. In 1776 Nikwasi was destroyed by colonial American troops led by Griffith Rutherford. The Cherokee rebuilt and reoccupied the town afterward. By treaties in 1817 and 1819, they ceded the land around Nikwasi to North Carolina. European-American settlers were granted 4,000 acres (16 km²) at the site of Nikwasi, where they created the town of Franklin, North Carolina (Duncan 2003:153).

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Street address:
US 441
Franklin, NC USA

County / Borough / Parish: Macon

Year listed: 1980

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event

Periods of significance: 500-999 BC, 499-0 BC, 499-0 AD, 1000-500 AD, 1499-1000 AD, 1749-1500 AD, 1750-1799

Historic function: Domestic: Village Site

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Landscape: Park

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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