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In downtown Franklin in Macon County stands a tall, grassy mound, about 20 feet high and 450 feet around the base. The Nikwasi Mound, built a thousand years ago by the Cherokees, was a sacred ceremonial site in the center of their village on the Little Tennessee River. Town residents purchased the mound in 1946 to preserve it. Today Nikwasi and the Town Creek Mound near Mount Gilead are the state's only two mounds that are protected and open to the public.
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