Starting this March, the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program is launching authentic cultural tours and events in Oklahoma.
April brings about a special presentation of the Civil War History Tour in an effort to commemorate its 150th anniversary.
The four tours are:
The Cherokee History Tour: You can head to the Cherokee Heritage Center and Museum (the Trail of Tears exhibit here is a must-see) an Ancient Village; and Adam’s Corner Rural Village. There is also a stop at the Murrell Home, a antebellum home that survived the war and the only antebellum plantation home left in Oklahoma. A visit to Capitol Square in Tahlequah, which was destroyed by Confederate soldiers during the war and is the capital city of Cherokee Nation, while checking out properties such as the National Capitol Building, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and Cherokee National Prison Museum. Guests will then tour Northeastern State University’s Seminary Hall, which was the first institution of higher learning for women west of the Mississippi River and once the Cherokee Female Seminary. Cherokee History Tour Dates are March 5, 12 and 19; May 7 and 14; June 4, 11 and 25; July 9, 16 and 23; Aug. 6 and 13; Sept. 10 and 17; and Oct. 1 and 15.
Will Rogers History Tour: Celebrating the life and work of the favorite son of Oklahoma a legendary Cherokee. There is a tour of the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Okla., as well as his birthplace, Dog Iron Ranch, in Oologah, Okla., to see the historically restored house where he was raised. Will Rogers History Tour Dates: March 26; May 21; July 30; Aug. 20 and 27; and Sept. 24.
Civil War History Tour begins with a visit to historic Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., where the stories of Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie’s fire-starting march through town will be told. The General burned various Government houses as he marched. He was the leader of the Confederate States Army and commanded the Confederate Indian calvary of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, which was comprised mostly of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole Indians. At the Murrell Home, visitors will be able to see the room where Cherokee Nation Principal Chief John Ross signed allegiance to the Confederate States. Then there’s Fort Gibson Historic Site to learn how the fort had changed hands repeatedly during the way between the Confederate and Union troops and and the battle site of Honey Springs, which was a crucial turning point in the war and the largest battle fought between the states on Indian territory. Civil War History Tour Dates: April 2 and 16.
Cherokee Old Settler Tour: This takes you back to before the Cherokee Removal, or the Trail of Tears, when a group of Cherokees (the Western Cherokees) willingly relocated to Arkansas beginning in 1808 and then to Indian Territory in 1828. The tour includes a trip to Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park, Tahlonteeskee Courthouse, Dwight Mission and the Fort Gibson Historic Site. Sequoyah’s Cabin State Park sits on its original site where a log cabin was constructed in 1829 by Sequoyah, a silversmith and Cherokee scholar. Dwight Mission was the site of a very early printing press. Fort Gibson Historic Site was established in 1824 with the express purpose of protecting the western border of the United States and to maintain peace between the Cherokee and Osage tribes. Cherokee Old Settlers Tour Dates: available upon request.
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.