New Echota Heritage Day set for Nov. 11

A large part of this area’s history will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 11 when New Echota State Historic Site, located at 1211 Highway 225 North in Calhoun, holds New Echota Heritage Day from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The event is hosted by Friends of New Echota, a non-profit organization operating as a chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

The event is held for the community to learn the history of New Echota Cherokee Capital during November, which is Native American Indian Heritage Month.

Organizers invite the community to visit and experience the sights, sounds and smells of 19th century New Echota by touring the grounds of the site where the Cherokee Nation capital was located from 1825 until their forced removal in the late 1830s.

During the event, many different family-friendly activities will take place throughout the site. Sonny Ledford, a teacher and historian who is of the Cherokee-Eastern Band of Cherokee, will tell stories of the Cherokee in the Council House. Alva Crowe, a flutist and artist who is a member of Eastern Band of Cherokee, along with his wife, Nancy, will dance and perform songs in the Court House. The Cherokee Phoenix newspaper, the first Native American newspaper, will be printed in the Print Shop. In the Cherokee Homestead, volunteers will make pucker toe moccasins, bows and pine straw baskets, will hold blow gun demonstrations and cook in the way of the Cherokee during the early 1800s. Bill Radford, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., will carve pipes, bowls and figures in the Rogers Cabin. Cindi Quay, a traditional herbalist and descendant of the Memoninee Nation, will make herbal teas and tinctures, along with soaps, in the Vann Tavern, where a warm cider tasting will also take place. In the Worcester house, Cindy Tucker, whose maternal Cherokee ancestors were from the Deer Clan, will demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing fiber with natural materials.

Admission fee for the event is $5.50 - $7 and includes a tour of the museum and theater. For more information, call 706-624-1321 or email friendsofnewechota@gmail.com.