Calhoun was next on our agenda. New Echota State Historic Site near the small town of Calhoun was a Cherokee Indian planned community along what ended up as the “Trail of Tears”. In the early 1800s the Cherokee thought that they could change their culture and ways and adopt the ways of the white mans. Live by the white mans paper. They established this community as the capital of the Cherokee Nation and by 1830 had fifty or sixty residents, a nice main street and several government buildings as well as homes and shops. Most of the year it was quiet, but when Indian council meetings were held the neighboring districts would come and swell the town to over two hundred. But when the state of Georgia and the Federal Government decided to push them off their land and onto the “Trail of Tears” to Oklahoma the entire area went dark.
We had hoped to find out a little more information on the tribe because my wife is part Cherokee. First, my GPS had it about a half mile west of the actual location so we didn’t see it. We asked a gentleman coming out of a small store and he pointed up the way and said it was just around the bend. We drove on around and found the site closed. Seems the government still isn’t doing much for the Indians.