Fort Payne Cabin Historic Site Historical

Fort Payne Cabin Historic Site Historical (HM1W5N)

Location: Fort Payne, AL 35967 DeKalb County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 26.283', W 85° 43.433'

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In 1837 Federal Troops arrived in this area to select a fort location for the collection, holding and removal of the Cherokee. Part of a much larger compound, this site contained a cabin seized by the troops for use as part of the fort. Today a stone fireplace, outline of the cabin's foundation, a stacked stone well and evidence of a roadbed remain. By late summer 1838 over 1100 Cherokee were held here in open encampments as soldiers patrolled the perimeter.

The majority of the Cherokee forced to leave their homes in Alabama were held at Fort Payne and departed in groups with the Benge Detachment from September 29 through October 3, 1838. They had no military escort or armed guards but were led by Cherokees John Benge, conductor George Lowery, assistant conductor. They set off from this site headed west to Indian Territory - an 800 mile journey that became known as the Trail of Tears.
HM NumberHM1W5N
Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
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Date Added Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 617241 N 3811466
Decimal Degrees34.43805000, -85.72388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 26.283', W 85° 43.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 26' 16.98" N, 85° 43' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Godfrey Ave S, Fort Payne AL 35967, US
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