Historic High Country / Calhoun

New Echota Cherokee Capital State Historic Site

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

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  • New Echota Print Shop

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  • New Echota cabin

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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


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • 2014 Your State Parks Day Trail Project

    2014 Your State Parks Day Trail Project

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Help re-route a lower stretch of trail out of the floodplain. We will cut a new section of nature trail for the New Town Creek Nature Trail out to the beaver pond. Pack a lunch and join us. We'll tour the historic buildings and grounds of New Echota after the trail project.

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  • Landscaping New Echota - Your State Parks Day

    Landscaping New Echota - Your State Parks Day

    09/27/2014 - 09/27/2014

    Join the Friends of New Echota members, other volunteers and staff as we work to improve New Echota with various landscaping and trails projects throughout the park. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. and work until 12:30 p.m.. A hot dog lunch will be provided by Friends of New Echota and tours of historic New Echota will be available throughout the day.

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