LOCATION: Calhoun, GA.
15 years the hopes of the Cherokee Nation were pinned on the existence
of their first national capital, New Echota. Within the limits of the
city are a Supreme Court, bi-cameral legislative building and the homes
of Elias Boudinot and Samuel Worcester.For the Cherokee removal in 1838,
Fort Wool stood on this site.
New Echota is built on the original plan for the site,
excavated in the 1950's.
Your tour of New Echota begins with a solemn reminder
of the tragic Trail of Tears, a monument to the members of the Cherokee
Nation forced to make the trip against their will. Inside the visitors
center is a museum with many informative exhibits on the plight of the
Cherokee and their response to the encroachment of Georgians.
Touring the town requires a 1.8 mile walk on level ground;
there is an additional interpreted hiking trail that takes you through
some of the more remote areas near the town.
Highlight: The reconstructed
offices of the Cherokee
Phoenix, first Native American newspaper.
Time: Allow two and a half to three
hours for your visit.