The Cherokee Nation acquired the historic property where Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum is located last year from the Oklahoma Historical Society. The tourist attraction was home to the statesman and inventor of the Cherokee syllabary, Sequoyah.
Before being able to open the site, Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum was in need of repairs and renovations. The museum now features large displays sharing the story of Sequoyah, his development of the Cherokee syllabary and Cherokee language today.
Additional displays show the history of the Cherokee Old Settlers, Cherokee Nation post-removal and the Cherokee Nation today. The museum also has a new retail space that offers Cherokee Nation apparel, gifts and souvenirs.
“Adding Sequoyah’s cabin to our cultural tourism holdings only strengthens our ever-growing abilities to share Cherokee heritage,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a press release. “For years, people have traveled to Sallisaw to learn more about the man who revolutionized the way Cherokees communicate. We anticipate even more visitors in the coming years as we promote the unique offerings under the Cherokee Nation’s brand. From the educational awareness to the natural beauty of the landscape, there will be something for everyone when they visit the cabin.”
Constructed in 1829 by Sequoyah, the cabin welcomes more than 12,000 visitors every year. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and a National Literary Landmark in 2006. The homestead features a one-room cabin and nearly 200 acres.
The Cherokee Nation was able to take ownership of Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum in November 2016 when the State of Oklahoma was not able to operate and maintain the site due to budget cuts.
“Budget constraints at the state level allowed Cherokee Nation and the Oklahoma Historical Society to navigate the historic transition of such an inspirational and educational site,” Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin said in the release. “We assume the responsibilities as stewards and take that task very seriously. Sequoyah’s mark on our people is undeniable, and we will make his home a place of reverence in perpetuity.”
Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum is located on Highway 101 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, or $3 for seniors and students. The museum is also included in the tribe’s popular tourism program, Cherokee Passport. The self-guided tour costs $15 and included admission to five museums: the Cherokee Heritage Center, Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum, John Ross Museum and Sequoyah’s Cabin Museum. The passport also includes a list of 107 attractions, historic sites, events and cultural treasures throughout the Cherokee Nation.