MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 16, 2013

Tour visits historic Tahlequah sites

Event shows how city was shaped


— TAHLEQUAH — See why Tahlequah is known as a city of firsts with “Tour Historic Tahlequah” on Saturday.

The tour will be led by historian Beth Herrington. Herrington, a retired educator, is renowned for her knowledge of Tahlequah’s history and how that history shaped the present Tahlequah.

The tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the Thompson House at 300 S. College Ave. in Tahlequah and will last approximately three hours.

Sites to visit include Cherokee Capitol Square in downtown Tahlequah, historic Stick Ross Cemetery, chiefs’ row at Tahlequah City Cemetery, the Thompson House, Leoser Cabin and the Original Townsite Historic District.

Two to three private homes are expected to open to the tour.

During the tour participants also will learn about early Tahlequah families and their roles in the growth of the city, the influence of missionaries and how they contributed to education, and about the city’s many firsts.

Proceeds will benefit the Thompson House, an integral part of Tahlequah’s history.

The Thompson House, built in 1882, is on the National Register of Historic Places and was home of Dr. Joseph Thompson, a prominent Cherokee physician.  

Cost of the tour is $15 per person. Reservations are required.

Information: (918) 456-7970.

If you go

WHAT: Tour Historic Tahlequah.

WHERE: Thompson House, 300 S. College Ave.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday.

COST: $15 per person.

ETC.: Proceeds will benefit the Thompson House. Sites to visit include Cherokee Capitol Square in downtown Tahlequah, historic Stick Ross Cemetery, chiefs’ row at Tahlequah City Cemetery, the Thompson House, Leoser Cabin and the Original Townsite Historic District.