Address: Charleston, TN
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This quiet little town on the Hiwassee River played a big role in the Trail of Tears story. According to the U.S. military, the area now known as Charleston was the headquarters for the entire removal operation and the start of the Trail of Tears. Prior to the Indian Removal Act, Charleston was home to the federal agency that protected the Cherokee and served as a gateway between the United States and the Cherokee Nation.

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