Historic High Country / Calhoun

New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

1211 Chatsworth Hwy., N.E.
Calhoun, GA 30701

706-624-1321
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In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota at the headwaters of the Oostanaula River. During its short history, New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case that carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self government by an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty that relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River, and the assembly of Indians for removal west on the infamous Trail of Tears.

Today, visitors can see several original and reconstructed buildings, including the Council House, Court House, Print Shop, Missionary Samuel Worcester's home, and an 1805 store, as well as outbuildings such as smoke houses, corn cribs and barns. In the visitors center, guests can purchase original Native American arts, crafts and music, and view interpretive exhibits and a 17-minute film.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $7.00

    Group rates available with advance notice. please call 706-624-1321.

    Seniors (62+) $6.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $5.50

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • New Echota Privet Pull

    New Echota Privet Pull

    01/24/2015 - 01/24/2015

    It's taking over the world! Or at least, parts of the south. Help us eradicate New Echota of the invasive chinese privet plant that is growing throughout the parks and trail systems. Bring your gloves and join us as we cut, saw and spray to make room for our native plants to thrive and spread.

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  • New Echota Privet Pull

    New Echota Privet Pull

    02/28/2015 - 02/28/2015

    Joins us along the trails as we eradicate the chinese privet that is taking over the parks. Bring your gloves as we saw, cut and spray to make room for our native plants and trees.

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  • Spring Fling Volunteer Day

    Spring Fling Volunteer Day

    03/14/2015 - 03/14/2015

    Come join in and volunteer with us as we get our Blue Bird and Wood Duck nesting boxes ready for the nesting season. Those with a green thumb can help prepare the Cherokee Farmstead garden plot for the upcoming growing season.

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  • Third Saturdays Friends Day

    Third Saturdays Friends Day

    03/21/2015 - 10/17/2015

    Join staff, Friends of New Echota and volunteers on the third Saturdays of the month (March - October) as the historic buildings and grounds come alive with tours and demonstrations. Enjoy the Pond Overlook Trail and the New Town Creek Nature Trail.

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  • Trail Volunteers Needed

    Trail Volunteers Needed

    04/25/2015 - 04/26/2015

    We'll be working on the Pond Overlook Trail (1/3 m) and the New Town Creek Nature Trail (1 m) including cleaning signs, staining tables and repairing footbridges to get these trails in great shape for the visitors at New Echota. Pack a lunch and join us during one of the prettiest months at New Echota.

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  • New Echota Cemetery Clean-up

    New Echota Cemetery Clean-up

    05/09/2015 - 05/09/2015

    Learn about the significant history of New Echota and those buried in the town cemetery as we clean up this small cemetery and pathway. Wear your work gloves and pack a lunch for a picnic afterwards.

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  • National Trails Day Volunteer Day

    National Trails Day Volunteer Day

    06/06/2015 - 06/06/2015

    As a certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, we will be working on sprucing up the landscaping at New Echota and cleaning up New Town Creek Nature Trail. Come learn about this significant part of Cherokee, Georgia and United States history as we work to improve part of this important National Historic Trail.

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  • Green Corn Clean-Up Day

    Green Corn Clean-Up Day

    07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015

    The farmstead garden will need some mid-season work. Join us as we learn about the 3 sisters of the Cherokee garden while we get it into shape and afterwards help clean up the historic buildings inside.

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  • Your State Parks Day 2015

    Your State Parks Day 2015

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site and parks on this special day. Join us as we spruce up the old Cherokee Capital town of New Echota. Bring the entire family out or call to register your Scout or other groups. Afternoon tours of the historic buildings and grounds will be provided.

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  • Winter's Coming Volunteer Day

    Winter's Coming Volunteer Day

    11/14/2015 - 11/14/2015

    We'll be pruning the fruit trees and adding fertilizer, tearing down some beaver dams and cleaning out the Bluebird and Wood Duck nesting boxes in preparation for winter.

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