The Great Valley area spans numerous miles over Southeast Tennessee. Cities in the Great Valley region include Cleveland, Charleston, and Dayton. The Great Valley is home to many Native American sites ranging from museums to state parks.
The Museum Center at 5ive Points located in East Cleveland, provides an experience that can only occur here. Guests will be surrounded by Southern Appalachian regional history. Changing exhibits highlight different historical happenings including Cherokee history.
Red Clay State Park is a main tourist stop in Southeast Tennessee. Its historical significance is recognized by the fact that it is the last capital of the Cherokee Nation in the east. The Red Clay Council Grounds, as it is also known, became the center of the Cherokee Nation's diplomatic efforts to avoid removal. The state park is a great place for a family to spend the day learning and exploring together.
In addition to the stops mentioned above, visitors to the Great Valley can also visit: Cherokee Agency, Henegar House, Lewis Ross House, John Ross Interpretive Homesite, John "Jack" Walker, Jr. Home place, Emily Meigs Walker gravesite, Cherokee Removal Memorial Park/ Blythe's Ferry, and Campsite of the First Detachment of Emigrating Cherokees September 1838 and Washington Ferry.
Visitors to this region of Southeast Tennessee should come prepared to gain knowledge while exploring and discovering the past. Visiting sites featured in the Great Valley is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that guests will not have anywhere else.