Long before the settlers entered the Appalachians in the late 1700s the Cherokee Nation inhabited a vast swath of land from Georgia up through North Carolina, including the land where Posey Brown’s Cabin now sits. That is until gold was discovered and Andrew Jackson, an avid speculator, had most indigenous people removed from the area through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. It is known as the Trail of Tears.
There is a Cherokee legend that speaks of the Little People who live in the forest in rock caves, by the creeks and among the mountain laurel. Some are good souls and some just like to cause trouble. I often share this legend with visitors as we hike on Gibbs Creek or walk to the water catchment below the cabin. You can read about the legend here.
I was reminded of this legend on our morning walk when we discovered a mother and her children making their way down the road. We stopped, shared greetings, and reflected on the often sad history of our country.