Southern Muse's Sources on Trail Trees
Indian trail trees are hardly a well-documented subject. Southern Muse's own sources on the subject of trail trees are all secondary. Our major source is a book by Elaine Jordan of Ellijay, Georgia, who has documented and photographed many of the trees. Southern Muse interviewed a few people in Murray County, Georgia, who remember hearing the old folks mention Indian trail trees or Indian language trees. Susan Williams, among others, remembers hearing of the trees from her teacher, Rod Hess, whose hobby was studying the trees. There is a researcher in the midwest who has documented many trail trees over the years, but has never published her research. We wrote to her daughter several years ago, who said that her mother was, at that time, in ill health ~ her project had been put on hold. In searching the trees over the Internet, we have found very little information, though we did locate the website of a town in North Carolina, which listed, among its tourism features, a large trail tree in the middle of its town park. Beyond that, Southern Muse has only photographed a few trail trees in Murray County, Georgia. If anyone has more information on the trees, particularly documented evidence of trail trees or any books or websites about trail trees, please contact the webmaster.
Below is a link to the home page of
Southport, the town which features the trail tree.
The tree is described in the article about parks.
Ordering information on the trail-tree book:
Indian Trail Trees
Author: Elaine Jordan
Jordan Ink Publishing #99 ~ P.O. Box 1058, Ellijay, GA 30540 ~ 706/635-1941
$14.00 including s/h, domestic USA
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