Dwight McCarter & Meigs Line
Southern Appalachian Studies Series
Monday, February 27, 7 p.m., Library Main Gallery
Following clues blazed by axes two hundred years ago, Dwight McCarter retraced the steps of the early surveyors who journeyed through mountain wilderness to demarcate the boundary between Cherokee territory and the young United States.
Known as the Meigs Line, this border had crucial implications for the citizens of both nations and their peaceful coexistence. Dwight McCarter, author and retired Park Ranger of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has explored thousands of miles of backcountry and is nationally recognized for his involvement in numerous searches and rescues and plane crashes.
McCarter has been involved in the writing of two books: Mayday! Mayday! Aircraft Crashes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920–2000 by Jeff Wadley and Meigs Line: Rangers Rediscover a Two-Century-Old Disputed Boundary Between the U.S. and Cherokee Nation, a creative non-fiction work with Joe Kelley.
Related article: Drawing the Line: How a Revolutionary War Hero and an Irish Surveyor Laid a Boundary Between the Land of the Cherokee and White Settlers in WNC Magazine.
Photo: A map of the Tennessee government, formerly part of North Carolina. John Reid, 1795. Library of Congress, American Memory. View item.
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