My maternal grandfather, Earl Henderson, spent most of his adult life building a collection of arrowheads and other Cherokee artifacts. He lived near Spring Place, one of the big centers of Cherokee life in north Georgia. Any time a field was plowed, Granddad would walk up and down the rows looking for arrowheads. And over many years he amassed quite the collection. When my grandparents passed away, my mother inherited the collection. She recently donated them to the Chief Vann House, which is located in Spring Place.
As a little girl I can remember walking along with him, looking for "rocks" as he called them. Of course most of the time all we found were pieces of quartz that were pretty common in our area. He had a keen eye for arrowheads and I think he passed his interest on to my Daddy, his son in law. Daddy also had a collection of arrowheads that he found in many places. A law passed in 1979 made it illegal to collect arrowheads as they are considered an archeological find. You must have a permit issued by the government. I am glad our family has allowed others to see these great pieces of the past.