Historical markers at Big Spring Park in Cedartown note that the area around the spring was first inhabited by the Cherokee. The spot would later become a military camp where Cherokee were held before being forced to deportation camps in Tennessee and later marched to Oklahoma. Plaques remind visitors of the location’s role in the Trail of Tears.
The “Camp at Cedar Town” was one of 15 removal forts and encampments in GA identified by the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.
Today the spring provides water for 10,000 people in Northwest Georgia.