Hernando De Soto explores the southern Appalachian Mountains and encounters the Cherokee who had inhabited the region for centuries.
Mingus and Hughes families clear homesteads in Oconaluftee River Valley.
Cherokee relinquish claim to the last of their lands in the Smoky Mountains.
Lufty Baptist Church established.
Most of Cherokee tribe were forced to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears-but some escape removal and hide in the rugged terrain near Oconaluftee.
Oconaluftee Turnpike between Oconaluftee and Indian Gap completed.
Cherokee numbering almost 1,000 were still living in the Oconaluftee area.
American Civil War.
Swain County formed.
Mingus Mill built.
Champion Fiber Company builds mill at Smokemont.
NC Park Commission made its first purchase (on upper Mingus Creek).
Court renders verdict against Lufty Baptist Church to seize the land and building.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fully established.
Lufty Baptist Church placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Blind Pig & The Acorn readers remember those who once called Onconaluftee home.
Makes me wish I could have a real live storyteller from each of the dates above come and tell me about the days when they walked upon this earth.
*Source Great Smoky Mountain National Park; Don Casada.