What to do in New Echota Cherokee Capitol State Historic Park

In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota. A thriving town, this governmental seat became head- quarters for the small, independent Indian nation that once covered present-day northern Georgia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama.

A remarkable development in the Cherokees' progress came in 1821 when a written form of their language was adopted. In 1828, New Echota's resourceful natives began printing a newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix, in both Cherokee and English. Although these Native Americans patterned their government and lifestyle after the white man, they were uprooted from their land in 1838 and removed westward during the infamous Trail of Tears.

This park is located in the Highlands region of Georgia.

Recreation
Today, visitors can see several original and reconstructed buildings, as well as a film in the site's museum. Guests can tour the Supreme Courthouse, the Council House, the restored 1828 home of missionary Samuel A. Worcester, Vann's Tavern and a Cherokee homestead. In the reconstructed print shop, visitors can even see a sheet of the Cherokee's bilingual paper printed on a Washington hand press.

Location
Located one mile east of I-75 exit #131 on Ga. Hwy. 225.

Climate
Georgia generally experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area can offer a relatively warm escape for snow-free outdoor recreation during the winter months. Be prepared for occasional cold weather during the winter, especially at the higher elevations in northern Georgia.

Address
1211 Chatsworth Highway NE
Calhoun, GA 30701

Phone: 706-624-1321

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