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New Echota Cherokee Capital Celebrates 50th Anniversary
May 12 Event
CALHOUN, GA. April 18, 2012 -- Fifty years ago in May, the former Cherokee Nation capital became Georgia’s newest state historic site. To celebrate the anniversary, the northwest Georgia site will host a celebration and open house at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The day will be filled with living history demonstrations, Native American arts and crafts, and guest speakers. Admission will be free.

 New Echota is one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites in the United States and was where the tragic “Trail of Tears” officially began.  In 1825, the Cherokee legislature established a capital called New Echota on the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper and one of the earliest experiments in national self-government by an Indian tribe.  It was here where the treaty relinquishing Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River was signed.

During the 50th anniversary celebration, Jim Langford of the Coosawattee Foundation will speak.  A temporary cache will be hidden for geocachers who enjoy history-based treasure hunts.  Visitors will be able to tour 12 original and reconstructed buildings, including the Court House, Print Shop, missionary home and an 1805 store. In the visitor center, guest can purchase souvenirs, books, music and view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film.  A one-mile nature trail leads visitors to New Town Creek, a small beaver pond and the Worcester House.
 
New Echota State Historic Site is located in Calhoun, one mile east of I-75 exit #317 on Ga. Hwy. 225.  It is open Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Regular admission is $4.50 for children and $6.50 for adults, but admission is free during the May 12 celebration.  To learn more, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/NewEchotaor call (706) 624-1321.  The site’s history is posted on gastateparks.org/item/67911.
 
 
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