Cherokee Nation Tour Commemorates the American Civil War

Sunday, April 10 2011 20:44   Native Americans
Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism will commemorate the American Civil War's 150th Anniversary with an April 16, 2011 tour focusing on how the war impacted the Cherokee Nation.

The tour includes a visit to historic Capitol Square in Tahlequah, Okla., to learn about the destruction by Confederate troops. Guests will also visit the Murrell Home, an antebellum home that survived the fires of the Civil War.
cherokeenationmurrellhomeVisitors will explore Fort Gibson Historic Site, which changed hands several times between the Union and Confederate forces. Guests also will stop at Honey Springs Battle site, a turning point in the Civil War and the site of the largest battle fought between the states in Indian Territory.

"Cherokee Nation has an abundance of physical resources that played a significant role in shaping the Civil War in the region that represents both sides of the conflict," said Molly Jarvis, Vice President of Cultural Tourism at Cherokee Nation Entertainment.

"The Civil War anniversary is also a unique opportunity to work with the state of Oklahoma to recognize and honor the historic sites and locations from 150 years ago," she added.

The Cherokee Nation, while not a state, was involved in the Civil War as a foreign ally. Some Cherokee troops were aligned with the Union and some Cherokee troops were aligned with the Confederacy. The result was a war within a war that destroyed much of the Cherokee Nation.

The Civil War History Tour will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will depart from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa located at 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK 74015.

The 150th Anniversary Commemorative Cherokee Nation Civil War History Tour pricing is tiered, subject to a tribal tax for both consumer and groups and includes adults (ages 12 to 61): $50 each; seniors (ages 62 and up): $45 each; children (ages 4 to 11): $20 each; and children (ages 3 and younger): Free. (Children 3 and younger are free only if they sit in a parent's lap and share a meal. A regular priced children's admission will apply for children to receive a seat and/or a meal.) Lunch is included in the price of each ticket.

Private group tours are also available throughout the year. Special group rates are available. In addition to experiencing the Civil War History Tour, groups also have a variety of activities to add-on to their trip that can be sold separately or together.

Additional activities range from basket weaving, storytelling workshops and Geneology workshops to traditional pottery workshops, language and Syllabary workshops, and traditional Cherokee cuisine among others.

For ticketing, complete tour details and additional information on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism program, call (877) 779-6977 or visit


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