New Echota Historic Site

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New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the nation and was where the tragic “Trail of Tears” officially began. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears.

Today, visitors can see 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store, as well as outbuildings such as smoke houses, corn cribs and barns. In the visitor center, guest can purchase souvenirs, books, music, plus view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film. Nature trails leads visitors to New Town Creek and a small beaver pond.


GPS Coordinates:

N 34.540433 | W -084.910033
Located in Calhoun one mile east of I-75 exit #317 on Highway 225.

1211 Chatsworth Highway NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
Gordon County



3rd Saturdays at New Echota Family
3rd Saturday of Month 10 AM - 4 PM from Apr 15, 2017 until Oct 21, 2017 
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Guided tours, docents and demonstrations in the buildings bring alive the early 19th century of the historic Cherokee National Capital.  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
New Town Creek Hike
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Join the ranger as we visit Tarvin Pond and New Town Creek. We'll see a variety of pond and stream wildlife and discuss the importance of the creek to the Cherokee people of New Echota. Bring your binoculars, a snack and drink...  $5.50-$7 706-624-1321.
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Mr. David Gomez
706-624-1321  Site Mgr. II, New Echota State Historic Site

Mr. David Gomez