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Early American Settlers

Explore Early American Life

The Peter Conser Home

The Peter Conser Home is the restored 19th century home of Peter Conser, a former Lighthorseman and legislator of the Choctaw Nation. On the National Register of Historical Places, the interior of the home has been restored to reflect Conser family’s wealth and social position during the Indian Territory period.

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The Wheelock Academy

Located near Millerton, Oklahoma, Wheelock was the first Choctaw National Academy. The Academy was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service of the US Department of Interior in 1966.

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Trail of Tears Exhibit


The Cherokee Heritage Center is proud to permanently house this exhibit which explores the forced removal of our ancestors from their indigenous territory to the “Indian Territory”, present day Oklahoma.

Adams Corner


Adams Corner Rural Village is a collection of seven buildings which depicts a typical Cherokee settlement and everyday life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. A self-guided tour of the rural village is part of the offerings of general admission to the Cherokee Heritage Center.

Cherokee Village


Diligwa – The new outdoor living exhibit provides guests with an enhanced experience of authentic Cherokee life and history. Diligwa is the most authentic Cherokee experience in the world based on life in the early 1700s.

Choctaw Nation Casinos


The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is the country’s third largest tribe. With annual cultural events and casino gambling the Choctaw Nation has something for everyone.

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center


The Spiro Mounds are world renowned because of the amount of art and artifacts dug from the Craig Mound. The mounds were created by Caddoan speaking Native Americans with evidence of a culture between 850 A.D. and 1450 AD. The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center features a wide variety of interpretive exhibits, viewing of the prehistoric Indian mounds, an introductory slide program and gift shop. The Spiro Mounds are on the National Register of Historic Places.


Five Civilized Tribes Museum


The Five Civilized Tribes Museum has exhibits featuring various aspects of the lives, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes. The museum is located in the historic Union Indian Agency building in Muskogee, Oklahoma.


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