Cherokee Nation launches Web site for cultural tourism in Oklahoma
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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The Cherokee Nation has launched a new Web site -- http://www.CherokeeTourismOK.com -- to showcase tribal cultural tourism in northeastern Oklahoma and make it easier for visitors to plan trips and book tours online.
Tours include the Cherokee History Tour, Cherokee Old Settler Tour, Civil War History Tour and Will Rogers History Tour. Each tour is $35 per person and includes lunch.
The Cherokee History Tour begins in the town of Tahlequah's Cherokee Heritage Center and Museum, which houses the Trail of Tears exhibit and an interpretive Ancient Village showing everyday Cherokee life before contact with Europeans. Guests will visit landmarks like the Murrell Home, an antebellum plantation home.
The Cherokee Old Settler Tour revisits the era before the Trail of Tears, when a group of Cherokees voluntarily relocated. Visitors will learn about their history and visit sites like Sequoyah's Cabin State Park, which preserves on its original site the log cabin constructed by a man named Sequoyah in 1829, and Dwight Mission, the site of an early printing press as well as a stopover point for missionaries to the Cherokee.
The Civil War History Tour tells the story of Confederate Brigadier General Stand Watie's march through Tahlequah, burning Cherokee buildings as he went. The Will Rogers History Tour showcases the life of the famous humorist, who was partly of Cherokee descent. It begins at the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore, Okla., and includes his birthplace, Dog Iron Ranch.
First Published February 2, 2009 12:00 am