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Built just before the "Great Removal" of the Cherokee Indians this original blockhouse structure stands as a grim reminder
of one of history's tragedy's. The Fort was originally built near McNair's Stand just north of the Conasauga River in
South Polk County but today stands in Benton, the county seat. Above photo by Joyce G. Reece, circa 1975








In the Heart of the last stronghold of the Amohee District of the

Cherokee Indians          

Polk County, Tennessee was formed in 1839 just after the "Great Removal". It was formed from Indian lands, part of McMinn and
part of Bradley County. Much of today's Polk County property is owned by the National Forest Service's Cherokee National Forest.

165th Anniversary of Polk County

by Marian Presswood

Polk County lies in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. These communities lie in Polk County: Wetmore, Linsdale, Benton, Ocoee, Old Fort, Conasauga, Archville, Greasy Creek, Reliance, Springtown, Farner, Turtletown, Ducktown & Copperhill. Three rivers make their way through the county. On the south end the beautiful Conasauga River passes north from Georgia's Chattahoochie National Forest (also spelled Chattahoochee) to flow just a few miles through the county. The Conasauga is one of the few 'unencumbered' rivers remaining in the region. It flows south through Georgia's drainage system. The Ocoee River heads up in north Georgia in the Blue Ridge area to meander through the Appalachian Mountains to join with the Hiwassee. The Hiwassee River heads up east of the Ocoee watershed. The Hiwassee where Murphy, North Carolina now stands and west of the mountains in the section between the mountains and the mouth of the river was once the site of several Cherokee towns & villages and is now a scenic river providing many recreational opportunities. The Ocoee feeds into the Hiwassee near the Patty/Linsdale communitys which eventually feeds into the Tennessee River near Birchwood, TN. in Bradley County.


Many, many thanks to Paula Franklin who recently agreed to allow her files
from the Polk AHGP site to be placed on this site. We are very grateful.


A collection of links to web sites we hope will be beneficial and educational.


A collection of web site links to Polk County researchers


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This Mayes Cross is a small piece of Polk County History.
Rev. Mayes of Bell County, Kentucky built and placed only
a few of these throughout the southeast.
This one stands beside Hwy 411 in Ocoee, Polk Co., TN.

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by Dr. J.G.M. Ramsey

This book has long been a standard tool in researching Tennessee history.  Be sure to take a look at the information provided might be surprised at the amount of data included. Please be aware that this book is now available in it's entirety at H.Q. is available thru most libraries.   INDEX   Appendix   This link will take you to the index of this 800+ page book. Claudia B Carson:  Claudia will do lookups. Please be as specific with your names as possible. Claudia may wish to snail mail photocopies. In that case please be prepared to send an addressed stamped envelope to her. Contact her at the above link for more information The Annals of Tennessee to the end of the eighteenth century comprising its settlement, as The Watauga Association, from 1796 to 1777; A Part of North Carolina, from 1788 to1784; The Territory of the U. States, South of the Ohio, from 1790 to1796; The State of Tennessee, from 1796 to 1800 by J.G.M. Ramsey, A.M., M.D.


Always remember that when researching Polk County that the county was formed from Cherokee lands, Bradley County, TN. & McMinn County, TN. Residents living on those county boundaries would instantly become residents of Polk County in the 1840 records. Be sure to check the records of these surrounding areas. For instance, many of the land grants were recorded in McMinn County deed records.

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Libraries are a great resource!
Here are links for a few in our area.

(Data compiled by Sharon McCormack)

EG Fisher Library
1289 Ingleside Av
Athens, TN 37303

Carnegie Library
723 Ohio Ave
Etowah, TN 37331
Fort Loudoun Regional
718 George St
Athens, TN 37303
Fort Loudon webcat
305 College St
Madisonville, TN 37354
210 Mayes Av
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Chattanooga Bicentennial Library
1001 Broad St.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga Bicentenial Library
Lawson McGhee
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN
Knoxville Public
500 West Church Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37902
Decatur Public Library
120 E Memorial Dr
Cleveland Public Library History Branch
833 N Ocoee
Cleveland, TN 37311
Tennessee State Library and Archives
East Tennessee Historical Center
314 West Clinch Avenue
Knoxville, TN
Calvin McClung Collection
314 West Clinch Avenue
Knoxville TN
The McClung Collection
Monroe County, TN Archives

105 College St.

Madisonville, TN   37354




These links take you to area newspapers that
contain McMinn, Bradley and Polk Co Obituaries

The Daily Post Athenian The Cleveland Daily Banner Monroe County Democrat/Advocate Polk County News email

Please visit the websites
of our neighboring counties

Bradley Co TN

Bradley Co., TNLHN

Hamilton Co TN Loudon Co TN Meigs Co TN GenWeb

Meigs Co., TNLHN

Monroe Co TNGenWeb

Monroe Co TNLHN

Polk Co  TnGenWeb

Polk Co., TNLHN

Polk Co TN /AHP

Rhea Co TN Roane Co TN

McMinn Co.,  TnGenWeb

McMinn Co., TNLHN

  James County Gen Web


If you have records related to McMinn, Polk, Meigs & Monroe County, Tennessee...or just Tennessee in general please consider allowing us to post the documents at the proper site.  Our contact address:  Joyce Gaston Reece

We give the submitter full credit and you can rest assured that it will remain yours and  on a FREE site!




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The Overlook from Benton Mountain's south end.  This is Lake Ocoee (or Parksville Lake). 
This is probably the most widely used picture depicting Polk's scenic beauty.  In the background is
Sugarloaf Mountain.  Photo looks westward toward Bradley County.