About Tennessee

About Polk County

July 26, 2009

Polk County was founded November 28, 1839 and formed from  Bradley and McMinn counties.  It was named in honor of James Knox Polk, then Governor of  Tennessee and later the 11th President of the United States.

It is bounded on the north by McMinn and Monroe counties, on the east by North Carolina, on the south by Georgia, and on the west by Bradley County.

The greater part of Polk County is mountainous, and unfit for agricultural purposes. There are copper mines found in this county. They were developed many years ago, and have been worked with success.They are known as the Ducktown mines and are situated about forty miles from Cleveland, Tennessee. The mines are about two miles from the Ocoee River, in the midst of hills, surrounded by high mountains in the distance.

The principal ranges of these mountains lie between the copper mines and Benton, and traverse the county in a northeasterly and southwesterly direction, occupying, perhaps, more than half its area.  Communities in Polk County include Benton, Copperhill, Delano, Ducktown, Ocoee, and Turtletown.  Benton is the town seat.  Ducktown and Turtletown were originally Cherokee settlements.

Cherokee War-Woman

July 26, 2009

A very special Cherokee heritage site is located near the farm.  Nancy Ward, the famed Beloved Woman of Chota, rests in a small hilltop cemetery overlooking the Ocoee River, where U.S. Highway 411 crosses near the ancient ford of the Warrior’s Path and the old Federal Road. Ward, an important councillor and diplomat for the […]

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Ocoee River History

July 26, 2009

In the upper reaches of the highlands, natural springs release pure natural essence down the mountain slopes. These waters gather themselves into streams that find their way to creeks, flowing along until they merge with mountain rivers as they journey across the land and out to sea. The Ocoee is one of these river mountain […]

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