Charlie Rhodarmer of the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum stands at the Tanasi memorial and points to the former location of the village.
County Seat: Madisonville
Monroe County's early history is connected to that of the Cherokee Indian nation.
There used to be several important Cherokee villages in present-day Monroe County. Two of the most important ones were Tanasi (for which the Tennessee River and the state of Tennessee were named) and Chota.
The Chota Memorial
Tanasi and Chota were deserted by the Cherokee after about 1819, when the Cherokee nation lost its possession of this part of the state.
A century and a half later, the Tennessee Valley Authority forever flooded the former sites of Tanasi and Chota when it created Tellico Dam.
Today there are memorials at the former site of Chota and near the former site of Tanasi.
A diorama at the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
The most famous person ever to have been born in Monroe County was also Cherokee. His English name was George Gist; his Cherokee name was Sequoyah.
Sequoyah was the creator of the written language of the Cherokee nation. He is one of the few people in world history who every invented a written language without already knowing one himself.
Today, in Monroe County, you can find the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum.
The Monroe County Courthouse is in Madisonville.