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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

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


Address
1211 Chatsworth Highway NE
Calhoun, GA 30701
Gordon County
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Phone
706-624-1321

Out with the Privet, In with the River Cane Family
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Join us on 'Your State Parks Day' as we cut the invasive Chinese privet from the New Town Creek Trail. The native River Cane, called i-hi by the Cherokee, was vital to Cherokee and other native peoples. Free tour of New Echota for volunteers. Bring work gloves, small hand saw and trail clothes... 706-624-1321.
Contacts
Mr. David Gomez
706-624-1321  Site Mgr. II, New Echota State Historic Site

Mr. David Gomez