Old Settler Capital at Tahlonteeskee

Old Settler Capital At Tahlonteeskee

  • NOW — JAN 31, 2020
  • Location: Sequoyah's Cabin Museum
  • Tahlequah became the official capital of Cherokee Nation in 1839, but it wasn’t the first Cherokee capital in Indian Territory.

Tahlonteeskee became the Old Settler capital of Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory from 1828 - 1839 and is considered the oldest governmental capital in Oklahoma. Located east of Gore, the capital was named after Tahlonteeskee, a former chief of the Western Cherokees, who was part of the Old Settler band of Cherokees that had moved from ancestral lands in the southeast prior to the Trail of Tears.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Learn more about the capital Tahlonteeskee, the center of the Old Settler/western Cherokee government, in the new exhibit, “Old Settler Capital at Tahlonteeskee,” opening Aug. 2 at Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The National Historic Landmark features a one-room log cabin Sequoyah, creator of the Cherokee Syllabary, built himself when he moved to Indian Territory. The property also includes interactive exhibits and panels over the life and legacy of Sequoyah and is surrounded by a lush, 10-acre park.

Sequoyah's Cabin Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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