James Brown Cherokee Plantation
- TOT SITE
9521 Ooltewah-Georgetown Rd.
(Private property. View from street)
Directions: From I-75 N, take Exit 11 Ooltewah. Turn Left on Lee Hwy, then Right on Snow Hill Rd. Continue on Mountain View Rd., then continue on Ooltewah-Georgetown Rd.
The James Brown House was built circa 1836 and is significant for its association with the Cherokee Nation, Trail of Tears and its unique architecture. James Brown was an influential member of the Cherokee Nation and associated with Chief John Ross. He was a wealthy planter, trader and Cherokee Supreme Court judge who owned 28 slaves and a horse track. He signed the 1839 Cherokee Constitution.
A few years after building the one-story brick dwelling, James Brown led a detachment of 850 people including 350 members of the Creek Nation who took refuge with Cherokees after the Creek were forcibly removed from Georgia and Alabama a few years earlier. Brown’s detachment spent the summer of 1838 near Ross’s Landing. In October, 1838, they crossed the Tennessee River at a ford near the mouth of the creek, ascended Walden’s Ridge and crossed the Cumberland Plateau.