New Echota

Come travel back through time at New Echota-Cherokee Capital State Historic Site on Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as Friends of New Echota (FONE) hosts New Echota Days.

Come and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of early 19th century life at New Echota. Listen to storytelling, take part in social dances, and see historic demonstrations of beading, weaving, chair canning, weapons demonstration and watch the black smith make items on his forge.

In addition to the demonstrations by visiting Cherokee craftsmen and volunteers, the historic grounds, trails and all buildings will be open for tours.

The Cherokee Phoenix Printing Office will feature demonstrations and a special printing occurring on the printing press after lunch. Visiting artists Jeff Marley and Frank Brannon from western North Carolina will print in Cherokee type on the New Echota Phoenix Printing Press. Not since 1834, before the Trail of Tears, has newly cast Cherokee type been used in printing at New Echota. In addition, a short talk/presentation by Marley and Brannon will occur at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

New Echota’s 17-minute movie, The Cherokee Nation: The Story of New Echota will be shown in the theater throughout the day. At 4 p.m. bring your blanket or chair and listen to a concert of Native American songs. Come and join FONE for this special event and enjoy the beauty of the fall landscape. Authentic Cherokee foods will be available for purchase.

Featuring: Cherokee living history farmstead.

Admission: of $7.50 adult, $6.50 senior, $5.50 child, allows access to the Cherokee Middle-class Cabin, museum, film, historic grounds, and nature trail.

New Echota State Historic Site attracts almost 10,000 visitors annually, including hundreds of students of all ages from area public and private schools. The site is located one mile east of 1-75, exit 317, on GA Hwy. 225N. Friends of New Echota State Historic Site is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization operating as a chapter of Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites. For more information, call 706-624-1321 or visit Ga. State Parks online.