They called him Sequoyah, and he gave his people a gift that will endure forever. He gave them a writing system, so that the greatness of the Cherokee could live as a part of history. Never before, or since, in the history of the world has one man, not literate in any language, perfected a system for reading and writing a language until Sequoyah.
Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation. It is Tennessee’s only tribally operated historical attraction. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee on the shores of beautiful Tellico Lake and a boat dock for thosecoming by boat. The new Max D. Ramsey Shoreline Trail features 1.5 miles of walking trail, along the shoreline and bridges and boardwalks through the marshy areas. The Cherokee Memorial on the Museum grounds is the common burial site of Cherokee remains recovered archaeologically at the sites of former 18th century Cherokee towns along the Little Tennessee River before the Tellico Reservoir was filled. The Tanasi Memorial, located 12 miles southeast of the Museum, marks the former site of the Cherokee Village that was the namesake for the state of Tennessee and just down the road from the Tanasi Memorial is the Chota Memorial marking the site of the original council house at the Chota Town site.
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Adults $3, seniors $2.50, children (6-12) $1.50, group rates $1.50, children under 6 free.
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