All historic buildings will be open throughout the day for tours, information and entertainment. Artists, craftsmen, and Friends of New Echota members will demonstrate early 19th century skills such as pine needle basket making, fiber spinning and weaving, old fashioned sewing and laundry, Dutch oven cooking, ancient and historic weapons, deer hide processing, flint-knapping, traditional beading, Appalachian-style basket making, natural fiber cordage, and more.
Watch water color artist Billy Mack Steele create a painting in the museum, and be sure to come by the Cherokee Phoenix Print Shop where volunteers will show how the first Native American newspaper was printed.
Local talents Kathy Sproull and Janice Smith will fill Vann’s Tavern with the sweet sounds of dulcimers, while singer-storyteller Gary Greene and the New Coosa Valley Boys with Lynn Baines perform in the Piney Grove. And you won’t want to miss the Sacred Harp Singers in the Courthouse between 10am and 2pm.
Standard admission fees of $4.50-$6.50 allow access to the museum, film, historic grounds, buildings, nature trails, and all historic demonstrations.
New Echota State Historic Site attracts almost 10,000 visitors annually, including hundreds of students of all ages from area public and private schools.
The site is located one mile east of I-75, exit 317, on GA Hwy. 225.
For more information, call 706-624-1321. Georgia’s state historic sites are operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.