Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
New Echota Historic Site
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.
 
   New Echota State Historic Site Business Plan

Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.540433 | W -084.910033

Located in Calhoun one mile east of I-75 exit #317 on Ga. Hwy. 225.

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

Spruce the Old Cherokee Capital - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site and parks on this special day. Join us as we spruce up the old Cherokee Capital town of New Echota. Bring the entire family out or call to register your Scout or other groups... 706-624-1321.
Winter's Coming Volunteer Day
Saturday, Nov 14, 2015 12:30 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
We'll be pruning the fruit trees and adding fertilizer, tearing down some beaver dams and cleaning out the Bluebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes in preparation for winter. 706-624-1321.
Contacts
Mr. David Gomez

Mr. David Gomez
706-624-1321  Site Mgr. II, New Echota State Historic Site

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