In the Beginning-starting a blog and learning about a place you might call home.

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Prof.Realty Grp

Cherrylog, Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Whitepath, Talking Rock, Coosawattee, Amicalola,Chatuge,  Suches, Etowah, Enota....the sounds and names of the North Georgia mountains bordering the Zell Miller Mountain Parkway between the north Atlanta suburbs and the North Carolina/Tennessee border.  An area rich in history, mountains and rivers and rushing creeks-an area that attracts people to continue to come back and experience all the high land and high life activities one can enjoy in four nearly perfect seasons.  

In the next few postings we will explore where some of the words and names of North Georgia achieved their origin.  When you look in a rear view mirror (where you have been), you often see some one else's future, the place they haven't reached yet (where they are going).  This is how we can help each other, share knowledge,  pay it forward, pass it on.  Study the past and anticipate the future.

 I pass Whitepath Springs Road everyday.  I live off Whitepath Road.  I live nearthe Whitepath Golf Course and the Whitepath Lodge.  Ever wonder how Whitepath became such a prominent name in North Georgia?  Ellijay was the "home town" of a young indian brave, Nunna-tsune-ga, which has been translated into "Dwells on a Peaceful Path".  He became known as "Whitepath".  After the Revolutionary War, Whitepath tried to help the Cherokees hold onto the land of his parents and spent many hours and meetings in treaty talks.  He was opposed to the new ways of younger tribe members becoming so "English", hoping to keep the old ways.  He fought with Andrew Jackson in holding back the Creek Indians and then had to oppose Jackson and his idea to let white men take over the Indian lands.  He voiced his opinions of keeping the old ways in trible council meetings in Ellijay and eventually had to retreat from his role in the council due to differences of opinion with Chief John Ross and other members.  In 1870, he gave up his fight by moving out of his home at Turniptown, said goodbye to his ancestors buried there near his cabin, and turned himself in at Fort Hetzel in Ellijay, Ga, the starting point of the "Trail of Tears".  Chief Whitepath made it on the trail as far as Hopkinsville, KY.  He became ill on the trail and was buried on the east bank of the river there.  He left behind a lesson in loyalty, tenacity and, maybe, even downright stubborness.  However, his dedication to his belief and mission is admirable.  He remained steadfast in trying to maintain the heritage he prized, something many of us do as we pass on family traditions, heirlooms, pictures, etc.  Help your younger family members understand their ancestors!

Return again as we explore more of these unique names and areas.  I often wonder if any of these names show up in Oklahoma and other Cherokee settlements west of the Mississippi.

Comments (5)

Dorene Shirley
The Mortgage & Property Connection - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley Real Estate

Judy - Welcome to the Rain, make sure that you browse the site and become familiar with everything this site has to offer.  The more you browse the more you will learn.  I have found this site to be really helpful to me.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me, I will do whatever I can to help.

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Apr 07, 2008 11:19 PM
Dwayne West
Atlanta Real Estate - Canton, GA
Canton Georgia Real Estate
Welcome to the great Active Rain real estate network, which if full of information people to help you out.
Apr 08, 2008 05:49 AM
The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

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Troy Trumm
Apr 08, 2008 07:13 AM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Judy,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to ya!

-Keith

Apr 08, 2008 04:36 PM
Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Lovely post, dear friend! I love to learn about our Cherokee heritage!

Jul 19, 2008 07:56 AM