Waleska, a small town just north of Canton in Cherokee County, is so named for Warluskee, the daughter of a local Cherokee Chief who lived in he area and was relocated during the 1838 Trail of Tears. Visitors to the area are invied to experience the Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt University, Georgia's Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center. It is located on the campus of Reinhardt University in the heart of the City. Reinhardt University began as an academy to serve the area's impoverished children, but today is one of Georgia's outstanding educational institutions.
The Funk Heritage Center is open to the public and it is located on the campus of Reinhardt University. It is Georgia's Official Frontier and Southeastern Indian Interpretive Center and is a certified National Park Service Trail of Tears Interpretive Site. Visitors will see an award-wining film featureing the Southeastern Indians, Native American dioramas, exhibits, artifacts and artwork plus a one-of-a-kind collection of historic hand tools from more than 100 crafts. The Heritage Center hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. and it is closed on Monday and major holidays. For information, call 770-720-5970 or View Reinhardt University Website.