Unexcavated Indian Mounds in Franklin, North Carolina
Franklin is a pretty hamlet located on the Little Tennessee River in the Nantahala National Forest. There is a beautiful trout-stream
called Kul-la-sa-jah. The chasm of the Sugar Water Falls is about half a mile long and below the impressive perpendicular precipices.
Nearby in the valleys are numerous Indian mounds which are believed to have built by a race of people now extinct, which the Cherokees
formerly used as centers for their dances and games. A prevailing superstition is that in the ancient days every Indian brought to a certain place
a small bark full of the soil which he cultivated. It was a tribute to the Great Spirit, who, in turn, sent them a plenteous harvest. Some people
think that the mounds are burial places of great warriors and hunters, while others claim that the mounds served as fortresses and a place
to hold religious rites. The Nikwasi Indian Mound pictured here was later taken over by the Cherokees, upon which they built a town house. It has
never been excavated.
Boundary Changes in Colonial Days
In the instance of Stephen Redmond, he was born in Virginia and preached in that portion of North Carolina which became Washington County, Tennessee and died in Macon County. He was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War for which he received a pension.
To clean a tombstone made of soft natural stone you will need plenty of water, buckets, natural bristle brushes and toothbrushes and non-ionic soaps or detergents. Please do not use wire bristle brushes or metal, acid, clorox, borax or pressure washers as these will damage the stones. The exception is Granite, limestone, sandstone or marble stones where you can use some more abrasive cleaners and pressure washers as long as the stone itself is in stable condition. I have never used a water pressure on the cemeteries which I have cleaned, simply because I do not wish to take the chance of losing information. Also, the engravings are to be considered. To remove calcium deposits in the engravings, a heavy duty non-metallic scouring paid should do it, then scrub it thoroughly with a detergent. For bronze stones, remember that they are mounted flat and so will holding standing water and debris. These plaques already have a factory-applied lacquer coating to seal the appearance. Best to use the natural bristle brushes.
Macon County lies in the Southern Appalachians, in the western corner of North Carolina. It was part of the Cherokee Nation until 1819, when the Cherokees signed the Treaty of Washington, ceding their lands as far west as the Nantahala ridge. The Treaty with the Cherokee indians was ignored and they were disowned of their lands. As a result, in 1828 the county was part of Haywood County and the old Macon County included most of the present-day county and parts of Jackson, Swain and Transylvania Counties. County Seat is Franklin, North Carolina.