New Echota had approximately 50 residents. There was also a Supreme Court Building, Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop, The Cherokee Council House and several private homes, stores, a ferry, and a nearby mission station.
Today's pictures are part one of our visit. Some are outdoor pictures, while some are pictures of the inside of the buildings. This was a fascinating place to visit. It is larger than what it seems from the road, and it holds a wonderful historic story.
This is a picture of the inside of the print shop. I was amazed to learn that The Cherokee Capital had its own newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix. The newspaper was not only circulated throughout the Cherokee Nation, but also parts of the United States and Europe. The printing shop also printed pages of other publications, such as hymns, the Bible, and a novel.
The inside of the print shop.
The outside of the print shop.
Most Cherokees, according to the 1835 Cherokee census, lived in small cabins on farms. These farms also included common outbuildings such as corncribs, smokehouses, potato houses, and barns.
Vegetable gardens surrounded the farmstead buildings. There were also fruit trees and cornfields.
The next two pictures are of a middle-class Cherokee farmstead. The building was constructed in the early-mid 1800's. They were moved to this location to represent how the New Echota residents lived.