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Trail of TEars

High School students are invited to join us June 5-9, 2023, as we travel across East TN to learn about the Trail of Tears, indigenous culture, and how to reconcile with our past and live into our future as God's beloved community. The purpose of this trip is to understand East Tennessee's history surrounding the Cherokee Tribe, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the life and culture of the indigenous person in East Tennessee today. 


Departure and Arrival:

The Diocesan House

814 Episcopal School Way

Knoxville, TN 37932



Includes travel, boarding, food, and tours for the week.

Tentative Itinerary

June 5, 2023

Depart from Knoxville, TN

Visit Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Vonore, TN

June 9, 2023

Blythe's Ferry, Cleveland, TN

Return to Knoxville, TN

June 8, 2023

New Echota State Park, Calhoun, GA


June 6, 2023

Hike the Trail of Tears in Sewanee, TN

June 7, 2023

Red Clay State Park, Cleveland, TN

**PLEASE NOTE: This is a very tentative schedule. The sites we visit are subject to change.

Questions? Interested in fundraising options? Please reach out to Caroline Wood at

Join our Book Study!

Everyone is invited to join our Trail of Tears Book Study. We will be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month until our trip from 7:30pm-8:30pm at the Diocesan House and on Zoom to read Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Books will be provided for middle and high school students. 

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