The Thompson House
The Thompson House is one of nearly 20 properties in and around Tahlequah on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was built in 1882 by Johnson Thompson, and the two-story house’s architectural style is Queen Anne Carpenter Gothic with Eastlake style interior woodwork.
The Murrell Home
George Murrell built this home in the new Cherokee Nation about 1845. The Murrell Home is the only remaining ante-bellum home in Oklahoma. The home contains original and period artifacts and furnishings. The Murrell Home is the setting for several special events throughout the year, including ghost stories in October, the 1800s Lawn Social in May, the Victorian Holiday Open House in December and more.
Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center is constructed of native stone and concrete, and the museum’s unique design elegantly incorporates the three remaining pillars of the Cherokee National Female Seminary, the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi. The museum is comprised of the permanent Trail of Tears Exhibit, rotating exhibits, Adams Corner Rural Village and the Ancient Village.
John Hair Cultural Center Museum
Named after Keetoowah Cherokee Chief John hair, the museum demonstrates the extraordinary journey of the Keetoowah Cherokees. The museum has artifacts such as quartz arrowheads linked to the Keetoowah Cherokees, important documents detailing the journey of the Keetoowah Cherokees throughout the years and traditional craft items such as baskets and gigs. Keetoowah archives are also housed.
Tahlequah Original Townsite Historic District
In 1843, the Cherokee National Council designated the 160 acres surrounding their capitol site as the township of Tahlequah, and ordered it surveyed. The original townsite district, lying directly west of the city’s downtown, was the residential section of that first 160 acre townsite and still contains many structures dating before statehood.
NSU River City Players
The River City Players have been entertaining visitors and locals alike for more than two decades. These high-energy song and dance shows are always crowd pleasers. They run from mid-June through mid-August at the NSU playhouse.
Cherokee Supreme Court Museum
The Supreme Court building is the oldest government building in Oklahoma, built in 1844. The building hosed the printing press of the Cherokee Advocate and Phoenix newspapers and the Cherokee language with a variety of historical items including photos, stories, objects and furniture.
John Ross Museum
This museum highlights the life of John Ross, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation for more than 38 years, and houses exhibits and interactive displays on the Trail of Tears, the Civil War, the Cherokee Golden Age and the Cherokee Nation’s passion for the education of its people.
Snowflake Winter Festival
Snowflake Winter Festival is anchored at Norris Park in downtown Tahlequah and transforms the park, the North End District and much of downtown into a winter wonderland. Snowflake Winter Festival features an ice skating rink open from Thanksgiving Day through New Years Day.