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Monday, May 23, 2016

Fort Loudoun & Tellico Blockhouse

22 May 2016

Fort Loudoun is located on the shores of Lake Tellico. It was a British fort built in 1756 during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). During the war, the British colony of South Carolina felt threatened by the French activities in the Mississippi Valley. This garrison helped to befriend the powerful Overhill Cherokee Nation in the fight against the French guaranteeing continue trade. Unfortunately during the fort's 4 year history, relations broke down and in August 1760, the British surrendered the fort to the Cherokee who had cut off the British supply route. After the surrender, the fort was never again used for military purposes and destroyed by the Cherokee. During the Great Depression the fort was reconstructed and is now a Tennessee State Historic Park.

Fort Loudoun Plaque

Entrance to Park

A Path Thru Time Marker

Model of Fort

Visitor Center

Stone Marker

Sally Port

View of Fort & Lake Tellico

Enlisted Barracks

Officer's Quarters

Officer's Quarters

Enlisted Barracks

Mess Hall & Barracks

Info on Locust Hedge

Locust Hedge

Supply Store

Guarding the Supplies

Blacksmith

Laundry

Ladies in Period Dress

Wood Hewing Demonstration

Cannon

Firing the Cannon



British Flag Above Officer Quarters


Across the lake is the Tellico Blockhouse site built in 1794 and operated until 1807 for the purpose of keeping peace between the Overhill Cherokee and settlers. Several treaties were signed in which the Cherokee were forced to cede large portions of land in Tennessee and Georgia. The Blockhouse was the starting point of the Old Federal Road connecting Knoxville to Cherokee settlements in Georgia. All that remains are outlines of the original fort.

Signage

Blockhouse Site

Model of Tellico Blockhouse

More Signage




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