In the early 1700’s the Cherokee called Dalton “The Enchanted Lands” because of its serenity and beauty. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains rose in the background, making the area one of the most beautiful places in Northwest Georgia. When we think of the word “enchanted” we think of magical, and we can only imagine what the early Dalton landscape must have looked like to invoke a term like “enchanted” to describe it. Blue-top mountains climbing into the clouds must have looked like heaven touching earth. As you get closer to Dalton, it still looks that way today.
Creek and Cherokee Native Americans had inhabited this land for generations. However, in the late 1700’s, American settlers began pushing west, and setting up new towns along the way. In the Mid 1700’s, the Creek and Cherokee Nations fought over the land now known as Dalton. The Cherokee won the war, and lived in the area peacefully until the 1830’s when they were forced by the United States Government to leave their lands during the Trail of Tears.
The Trail of Tears began just north of Dalton in Red Clay, Tennessee. The Trail led through Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, and finally into Oklahoma. 13,000 Cherokee embarked on the 1,000-mile journey, leaving the Enchanted Land behind.