This week’s state park feature is the New Echota Historic Site. New Echota is located in Calhoun, Ga. in Gordon County. As its name suggests, New Echota holds significant historic value for the state of Georgia. It housed the capital of the Cherokee Nation from 1825 to 1832. The Cherokee Phoenix, a bilingual newspaper written in English and Cherokee, was based in New Echota. While this site also marks the beginning point of the tragic Trail of Tears, there have been many efforts to revive and celebrate the culture of the Cherokee Nation. Visitors can soak in the history of New Echota by viewing the Cherokee Nation’s council house, court house, and print shop. There are also nature trails leading to New Town Creek and the pond where one might spy a beaver hard at work!
New Echota provides a lot of opportunity for visitors to learn more about the culture of New Echota. In fact, their Echota Alive–Kids to Parks event is coming up in May! This event gives kids the chance to learn what life was like in 1820’s New Echota. They will have the opportunity to make apple cider, print paper from a press, and take a guided nature hike! Sounds like a great time for kids to gain a deeper appreciation for nature and history!
Things to Do:
- Self-guided Tour
- Nature Trails
- Coosawattee River Fishing and Boat Ramp
For my information about New Echota Historic Site, please visit http://gastateparks.org/NewEchota?s=22.214.171.124.
For more information about Echota Alive–Kids to Parks, please visit http://gastateparks.org/info/237387?c=10624155.
And remember, as you move more and live more, you can log your physical activity on the Walk Georgia website!