On the campus Tennessee Weslyan College, you’ll find a marker and sculptures that tell the story of the legend of Nocatula and Connestoga.
An officer from a nearby fort had been wounded and was found and befriended by an Indian Chief. The chief’s daughter, Nocatula, cared for the soldier and the two of them fell in love and were eventually married. Over time, the officer was accepted into the tribe and took the name Connestoga which means, “The Oak”. A man who had been a suitor of Nocatula in the past became enraged over her new love. He attacked and stabbed Connestoga. Nocatula knew her love was dying and ran to him to pledge her undying eternal love. Connestoga died and Nocatula plunged a knife into her own chest, killing herself next to her love.
In preparation for the burial of Connestoga and Nocatula, the chief put a hackberry in Nocatula’s hand and an acorn in Connestoga’s hand. The acorn and the hackberry were symbols of undying love it and legend says that from the hackberry and the acorn, two trees grew and stood on the spot of Nocatula and Connestoga’s grave for over 150 years. A testimony of their eternal love.