Located in the valley of the Little Tennessee River, near the Appalachian Mountains, Fort Loudoun State Historic Area provides a glimpse of life during the time of the French and Indian War (1754-1763).The future of the North American continent was in the balance as armies from France, Spain and England fought for control of this land and its vast resources. Native Americans were caught up in this struggle as they strove to protect their homes and way of life. Fort Loudoun (1756-1760), in the heart of the Overhill Cherokee country, played a part in that conflict which eventually laid the foundation for our nation we live in today.
The site features a visitor center/museum, reconstructed Fort Loudoun, and stabilized ruins of Tellico Blockhouse (1794-1807). Fort Loudoun was constructed by the British Colony of South Carolina to ally the Overhill Cherokee Nation in the fight against the French and to guarantee that trade would continue between the Cherokee and South Carolina. But relations between South Carolina and the Cherokee Nation broke down and the Cherokee captured Fort Loudoun and its garrison. It is thought that the Cherokees destroyed the fort shortly thereafter. The blockhouse served as a gateway (with passes required) into Cherokee land, a trading post, and a factory to teach new skills to the Cherokees.
Picnic tables, fishing pier, hiking trails and boat dock are available. Boat launching ramps are available off site. The Historic Area hosts many seasonal events, such as Garrison Weekends with reenactors, an 18th Century Trade Faire, and student field trips.