If You’re lucky enough to be in our little corner of the mountains this week, be sure not to miss Cherokee Heritage Day in the city of Cherokee, NC. Just a ninety-minute drive from Blackwell Branch Cabin and Gili’s Cove Cottage, a visit to Cherokee makes a perfect day trip. The city is home to the Cherokee Indian Museum, where visitors can learn about the history of the Cherokee bands of Native Americans here in western North Carolina and the Trail of Tears—the forced resettlement of the Cherokee to the West.
Experience the 11,000-year-old Cherokee story vividly. If your idea of a museum includes dusty displays tended by a boring curator, get ready to rediscover what a museum can be and this museum will captivate young and old alike. On a visit to the museum, the visitor can learn about and experience every facet of Cherokee life through the many interactive videos, intriguing displays and exhibits. Stepping through the doors envelopes the visitor in a world where the Cherokee people’s spirit of inventiveness, resilience and will to survive are told in the stories and objects of the Cherokee people. The museum provides a moving experience that illustrates who the people of Cherokee really are, where they came from, and why they’re still here and it’s a journey that you won’t soon forget.
OPEN: 7 days/week year-round. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Summer Hours: (Jun–Aug): 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays.
Winter Hours: (Sep–May): 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
ADMISSION: Adults $11; Children (ages 6–12) $7; Children 5 and under admitted free.
LOCATION: 589 Tsali Blvd. Cherokee, NC, at the intersection of Tsali Blvd. and Drama Road.