Tugaloo, the location of the sacred
fire for the Lower Towns, was one of the oldest Cherokee towns. When the village was destroyed August 1776 by
the American commander Andrew Williamson, the fire keeper took part of the sacred fire with him as the people escaped
to join Dragging Canoe and his band of Cherokees in Alabama and Tennessee. It is said that the fire still burns deep
down in the mound. The top of the mound is all that can
be seen of the great Cherokee town of Tugaloo after the river was flooded to make the Hartwell Lake.