Visitors to the Port Royal State Historic Park can explore a piece of American history through the Trail of Tears Commemorative Walk, to be held Saturday, October 13, beginning at 10 a.m.
This tragic chapter in our nation’s history will include recognition ceremony and re-enactment of the Cherokee March in which Native Americans forced from their Georgia communities were forced to trek through Tennessee and Kentucky on their way to reservation lands in Oklahoma. Thousands died of bitter cold and lack of food on this harrowing winter journey, hence the evolution of the name “Trail of Tears.”
An exhibit related to that forced march, and to the Town of Port Royal (circa 1838) will be open to the public at 8 a.m. that morning.
The days’ activities include demonstrations of medicine and domestic chores of the 1830s, guided tours of the park, and refreshments. All activities close at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the park at 931-358-9696.