Fort Loudoun (Tennessee)

Fort Loudoun (Tennessee)

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caption = Fort Loudoun from the outside
location = South bank of Little Tennessee River, about 3/4 miles southeast of U.S. 411
nearest_city = near Vonore, Tennessee
lat_degrees = 35
lat_minutes = 35
lat_seconds = 45
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 84
long_minutes = 12
long_seconds = 13
long_direction = W
locmapin = Tennessee
area =50 acres
built =1756
architect= Demere,Capt. Raymond
architecture= No Style Listed
designated = June 23, 1965cite web|url=
title=Fort Loudoun |accessdate=2008-06-27|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service
added = October 15, 1966cite web|url= |title=National Register Information System|date=2008-04-15|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
governing_body = State of Tennessee

Fort Loudoun was a colonial American fort in present-day Monroe County, Tennessee, near the towns of the Overhill Cherokee. A reconstructed fort near the original site is now a U.S. National Historic Landmark.


The British colony of South Carolina built the fort in 1756, naming it for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, to defend the frontier against American Indians allied with France during the French and Indian War. The Cherokee themselves requested the fort's construction. Its nominal purpose was to maintain the Cherokee-British alliance and guard against French attempts to gain influence among the Cherokee. The fort was located a few miles downstream of the Cherokee "capitol" Chota and also served as a diplomatic and trading outpost.

Mutual suspicions and betrayals repeatedly undermined the Cherokee-British alliance. Open warfare erupted between the Cherokee and the British in 1759, and the Cherokee laid siege to the fort late in the year. It fell on August 6, 1760, and part of the garrison died in an ambush four days later on their return trek to South Carolina. Although the Cherokee and British fought several wars, their alliance was always reestablished afterwards.

The site of the fort was abandoned for nearly two centuries after being burned sometime soon after the British left. [Historic Fort Loudoun, Paul Kelley, Fort Loudoun Association, 1958.] In 1917, the Colonial Dames of America placed a marker at the site of the fort. With sporadic support from the state, and from the federal government via the Works Progress Administration, preservationists researched the fort's history and reconstructed it. The reconstructed fort became a National Historic Landmark in 1965.citation|title=PDFlink| [ National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Fort Loudoun] |32 KB|date=March 29, 1975 |author=Polly M. Rettig and Horace J. Sheely, Jr. |publisher=National Park Service and PDFlink| [ "Accompanying three photos, inside the reconstructed fort, from 1975"] |32 KB]

The present-day reconstruction of the fort sits on the bank of the Little Tennessee River, but it was not originally on the waterfront. When the construction of Tellico Dam by TVA threatened to flood the original fort site, preservationists dismantled the reconstruction, used fill dirt to raise the site 17 feet (5m), and rebuilt it.

Today the fort is part of Fort Loudoun State Park along with an interpretive center and recreation area. The Tellico Blockhouse site is also part of the park and features reconstructed foundations based on archaeological investigations. The blockhouse was built on the river opposite the fort by the U.S. Government in 1794 and was in operation until 1805.

Loudon County, Tennessee; Loudon, Tennessee; and Fort Loudoun Dam are named for the fort.

Also located on the same island as the fort is the [ Sequoyah Birthplace Museum] . The land around the museum was deeded back to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee by the TVA.

ee also

* Anglo-Cherokee War


External links

* [ Fort Loudoun State Historic Area]
* [ Fort Loudoun State Historic Area history page]
* [ Fort Loudoun Home Page]

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