Park Hill Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
The Trail of Tears refers to the forced relocation of five Native American tribes in the early 1800s from the country's South to eastern Oklahoma, then officially named Indian Territory. The Cherokee were the last to be removed and of the over 15,000 people involved, 4,000 died, resulting in the name, Trail of Tears. Today, the trail is designated a National Historic Trail to preserve the tragic story and the routes it followed, as well as to support interpretive sites that commemorate the forced migration.
Historic Murrell Home
Situated in Park Hill, must a few miles south of Tahlequah, the Murrell Home - also known as Hunter's Home - was built in 1845 and is the only surviving antebellum house in what was then the Cherokee Nation and what is now modern Oklahoma. Operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the house still contains some original pieces. Opening hours vary depending on season.