Free program at Landrum Library focuses on “Cherokees of the Carolinas”

Published 11:21 am Thursday, May 18, 2023

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LANDRUM–Conserving Carolina and the Landrum Library have announced an upcoming free lecture on the history of the Cherokee tribe in our area.

Based on thirty years of research, David Chastain will present his slideshow, Cherokees of the Carolinas; a deep dive into the history and culture of the Cherokees who occupied this area for a thousand years. Chastain is a naturalist, historian and outdoor writer. The program will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at 6 p.m. at the Landrum Library located at 111 East Asbury Dr. in Landrum. 

Chastain says the slideshow covers virtually all aspects of Cherokee culture from how they constructed their houses and other structures to the foods they ate, including the story of corn and how it changed the lifestyles of all southeastern Native Americans. He’ll talk about how the Cherokee hunted and the importance of the deerskin trade, as well as why they made annual trips to the coast of South Carolina and what they brought home with them. 

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Also included in this presentation are details of the games the Cherokee played and how fundamental “ball play” was to the Cherokee lifestyle. Finally, Dennis will tell the story of how the Cherokee’s interactions with the early colonists, Europeans that arrived on the scene at Charles Town in 1670, changed Cherokee culture forever.

Chastain says anyone interested in the Native American history of our area will not want to miss this event.

This lecture is part of Conserving Carolina’s monthly Speaker Series at the Landrum Library, and it is made possible thanks to the Landrum Library.  The next program at the Landrum Library will be held on June 13, when author, Charles Williams, will present, “André Michaux, about the early French botanist and his time and travels through the eastern United States in the late 1700s.


For more information, contact Pam Torlina at, or contact the Landrum Library at 864-457-2218.


Submitted by Pam Torlina