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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

Echota Alive-Kids to Parks Day 2016 Family
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Step back to the 1820's and tour Echota and learn about Cherokee and Georgian's lifestyle including how apples were pressed to make cider, try your hand at making a sheet of paper, help the Ranger print on the 19th century press, learn to use a compass on our compass course and check out our nature ...  $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
New Echota Bird Hike
Saturday, May 28, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Explore the ridge and valley area of North Georgia at New Echota as we see what resident birds can be found. Open fields, flood plain, pond and mixed pine-hardwood forest provide a variety of habitat for good birding...  $5.50-$7 (5 and under free) 706-624-1321.
New Town Creek Trail Hike - National Trails Day Family
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/Location: New Echota Historic Site
Check out New Town Creek, Tarvin's Pond and historic New Echota-Cherokee Capital. Wear walking shoes, dress for the weather, bring your binoculars and come along as we join millions of people around America celebrating National Trails Day. Fee includes tour of historic New Echota and the museum.  $5.50-$7.00 706-624-1321.
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Contacts
Mr. David Gomez

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

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