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Helen:Her Story
Early Cherokee Influence
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Unicoi Gap about 1960
Cherokee Dreams

Along the high eastern ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains a wide V marks the place the Cherokee Indians call Unicoy. It is the lowest entry point to the mountains for miles in either direction. The Chota River (the Cherokee name for the Chattahoochee River) originates in the "Land of a Thousand Waterfalls," is the English translation for the phrase used by the Cherokee to describe the high eastern crest of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Heading west about 1500 AD from Tugaloo Old Town these North American Indians settled in the Nacoochee-Sautee Valley alongside the Chota River, which lent its name to their village.

According to James Mooney in Myths and Legends of the Cherokee, the Nacoochee valley takes its name from the tale of ill-fated love between a Chickasaw warrior (Sautee) and a Cherokee maiden (Nacoochee) that he met on his way through the valley. Since their love was forbidden by tribal edict, Sautee and Nacoochee escaped to nearby Mount Yonah, where Cherokee warriors discover the couple and toss Sautee from the heights of the mountain. Nacoochee follows her murdered lover voluntarily.

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Helen:Her Story

Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Early Cherokee Influence
Spanish Influence in Helen
First Settlers Arrive
Unicoi Turnpike
Gold Discovered in Georgia
After The Gold Rush
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Wood is the new Gold
End of the Wood Era
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
A new road for Helen
A Park named Unicoi
Helen 1954-1969
Rebirth of Helen
Modern Helen
Helen-Her Fun
Directions to Helen


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A Park named Unicoi
A new road for Helen
After The Gold Rush
Archaic Indians in Sautee-Nacoochee Valley
Blue Ridge Mountains
Captain Nichols and Anna Ruby Falls
Charlie Maloof and Arthur Woody
Chattahoochee River
Cherokee Indians
Directions to Helen
Early Cherokee Influence
End of the Wood Era
First Settlers Arrive
Gold Discovered in Georgia
Helen 1954-1969
Helen-Her Fun
Modern Helen
Rebirth of Helen
Spanish Influence in Helen
Unicoi Turnpike
Wood is the new Gold

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