The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program is set to launch the 2011 season, which runs from March through October and features its four historically authentic cultural tours and a wide array of cultural events.
April 2 and April 16, 2011
In April, a special presentation of the Civil War History Tour is planned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The tour includes a visit to historic Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., to learn about the town’s destruction by Confederate troops. Guests will also visit the Murrell Home, an antebellum home that survived the fires of the Civil War. Visitors will explore Fort Gibson Historic Site, which changed hands several times between the states. And guests will stop at Honey Springs Battle site, a turning point in the Civil War and the largest battle fought between the states in Indian Territory.
Cherokee Old Settler Tour revisits a time before the Cherokee Removal, or the Trail of Tears, when a group of Cherokees willingly relocated to Arkansas beginning in 1808 and then to Indian Territory in 1828. This group was called the Western Cherokees, or Old Settlers, and guests will get a chance to view their historically important sites and learn about their history. Visitors will tour Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park, Tahlonteeskee Courthouse, Dwight Mission and the Fort Gibson Historic Site. Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park preserves on its original site the log cabin constructed in 1829 by Sequoyah, silversmith and Cherokee scholar. Dwight Mission was the site of an early printing press as well as a stopover point for many missionaries to the Cherokee. Fort Gibson Historic Site was established in 1824 to protect the western border of the United States and to maintain peace between the Cherokee and Osage tribes.
For ticketing, complete tour details and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, call (877) 779-6977 or visit http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.
Learn more about the Cherokee Nation an the Trail of Tears
Only the Names Remain: The Cherokee and the Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy (DVD)