Nation Launches Cultural Tourism Web Site
Antebellum Home, Cherokee
Nation Cultural Tourism Imparts The Essence Of Cherokee Life And Times
TAHLEQUAH, Okla., (January 15, 2009)
— Living history is now just a click away as Cherokee Nation’s
Cultural Tourism Department launches its new Web site functionality
features with the ability to book tours online, research Cherokee
Nation history and visit notable locations all at www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.
Currently four tours are available to purchase including the Cherokee History Tour, Cherokee Old Settler Tour, Civil War History Tour and Will Rogers History Tour. Each tour is $35 per person and includes lunch. A highlight of the four tours now available online for booking along with full details consist of:
Guests will visit the Murrell Home, the only antebellum plantation
home left in Oklahoma with an interpretative guide in period dress
to share the home’s history.
Visitors will also experience a living example of the town once
considered the “Athens of the West” while touring historic
properties including the National Capitol Building, Supreme Court
Building and Prison, all listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. Home to these landmarks, guests will learn how the town
of Tahlequah came to be the capital of the great Cherokee Nation.
To finish, visitors will have the opportunity to tour Northeastern State University’s Seminary Hall, which was once the Cherokee Female Seminary and is a standing icon on the campus today. The Cherokee Female Seminary was the first institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi River.
• Cherokee Old Settler Tour begins with
guests revisiting 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 historic sites and learn about their
Visitors will also tour Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park, Dwight
Mission and the Fort Gibson Historic Site; all three locations are
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park preserves on its original site
the log cabin constructed by Sequoyah in 1829. He lived in the house
until his death.
Dwight Mission was the site of an early printing press as well
as a stopover point for many missionaries to the Cherokee. It was
also a school and provided adequate education opportunities for
Cherokee children. Today it serves as a center where camps, conferences,
training institutes and retreats may be held.
Fort Gibson Historic Site was established in 1824 to protect the
western border of the United States and also maintain peace between
the warring Cherokee and Osage.
•Civil War History Tour begins in the historic
Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., where guests learn of Confederate
Brigadier General Stand Watie’s march through town, burning
the Cherokee buildings as he went. Visitors will also get to see
and experience additional historic Civil War sites of what was once
Guests will then take a trip to the historic Murrell Home, the
only antebellum plantation home left in Oklahoma. An interpretive
guide in period dress will talk about the home, which is one of
the few in the area to survive the fires of the Civil War.
Next, visitors will tour Fort Gibson Historic Site to learn about
the colorful history of the Fort during the War Between the States
as it changed hands several times between the troops. An interpretive
guide in period dress will take guests back in time to when the
Fort was in full use. The site has been reconstructed with a log
fort and original buildings from the 1840s through the 1870s and
it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lastly, visitors will travel to Honey Springs Battle Site, the
location of the largest battle in Indian Territory where the Union
beat the Confederacy in the turning point of the Civil War in Indian
Territory. Interpretive actors are on hand to recount the stories.
• Will Rogers History Tour begins at the
Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Okla., where guests celebrate Oklahoma’s
favorite son on this tour honoring the life of famous Cherokee,
Will Rogers. The journey will take visitors through his life from
his Cherokee roots to his Hollywood and political careers.
Visitors will then travel to Will Rogers’ birthplace, Dog Iron Ranch, to view the historically restored house where he grew up. While there, a traditional Cherokee lunch will be provided while overlooking the scenic Oolagah Lake. An interpretive actor and storyteller will be on hand to entertain visitors with tales of the Cherokee Nation and of Will Rogers.
“The online tour booking feature is a major step forward
in the Cherokee Nation cultural tourism program, which will serve
as a launch point for Native American and history enthusiasts to
experience firsthand Cherokee past and living culture,” said
David Stewart, CEO of Cherokee Nation Enterprises, which manages
the Cherokee Nation’s Cultural Tourism Department. “From
pre-European contact to present day activities, guests will be moved
and marvel at the authenticity of their experience.”
Visitors to www.CherokeeTourismOK.com will also find in-depth information in several areas listed under Tours featuring packages, maps, and travel information; The Cherokee People including history, art & artists, language, government and famous Cherokees; and Cultural Attractions featuring Cherokee Heritage Center, Female Seminary, National Capitol, National Jail, Supreme Court Building, Murrell Home, Ross Cemetery, Saline Courthouse, and Will Rogers Museum and Birthplace.
NOTE TO EDITORS: David Stewart is available for interviews. Photos from each tour location are available upon request.
About Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Department
The Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism Department was created in 2007 to promote the story of the Cherokee people. Efforts by the Cherokee Nation include developing guided community and educational tours, creating tourism partnerships and programs throughout northeastern Oklahoma, and launching a new Cherokee tourism-specific web site. For more information, please visit www.CherokeeTourismOK.com.
About Cherokee Nation Enterprises
Cherokee Nation Enterprises is the gaming and hospitality arm of the Cherokee Nation. Cherokee Nation Enterprises owns and operates Cherokee Casino Resort, five Cherokee Casinos, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs, three hotels, two golf courses and many other retail operations in northeastern Oklahoma. For more information, please visit www.cherokeecasino.com.
About Cherokee Nation
The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people. It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 280,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capitol located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Employing more than 6,500 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1 billion dollars. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.