Cherokee Nation Citizen’s Historic Home Deemed Worthy of Preservation

An Oklahoma home owned by a Cherokee Native American woman is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mary Holland, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, recently had cause to celebrate when her family’s home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the nation’s list of places considered worthy of preservation.

The Carselowey House was built in Indian Territory in the late 19th and early 20th century colonial revival architecture. It now sits on the corner of Tahlequah Avenue and Gunter in Vinita, Oklahoma. Holland’s parents purchased the home in the early 1920s. She’s lived there for nearly nine decades.

“This is the old family home; it was built in 1895. I’m 93 and I moved here when I was about 5 years old,” said Holland in a nation press release. “Everything in the house is original; the fireplace is just the way it was built along with the beveled glass door.”

Her home is now one of nine sites on the national register in Craig County, Oklahoma.

“The home is very well preserved and we are very proud of (Holland) who has been a guardian of it for close to 90 years,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker in the release.