Nacoochee Indian Mound

Image credit: Sabrina Saturday

Year Erected: 1955

Marker Text:  Nacoochee Indian Mound was the center of the ancient Cherokee town of Gauxule, visited by DeSoto in 1540 in his search for gold, according to legend. On this ceremonial mound, 190 feet long, 150 feet wide and 20 feet high, stood the Town House where a sacred fire burned unceasingly. Ceremonial dances were performed in and around the Town House. Residents of the town lived on the flat land surrounding the mound. The findings of Heye Foundation archaeologists who explored the mound in 1915 indicate the advanced cultural development of the builders.

Tips for Finding This Marker: On Unicoi Turnpike (State Road 17) 0.1 miles east of Helen Highway in Helen.