Entertainment in Tahlequah
Discover Our Rich History
A quiet town due east of Tulsa, Tahlequah is a spot rich with history, particularly the Native American Cherokee tribe. So when looking for entertainment near our spacious Tahlequah apartments, expect to find many options laden with Cherokee themes, with a focus on education. Here, some of our favorite things to do in the area.
Cherokee Heritage Center
Home to the country’s most extensive collection of historic Cherokee artifacts, this place chronicles the history of the Native American group dating all the way back to the 1700s. Of note is the permanent Trail of Tears exhibit, which depicts the removal of tribes from their ancestral land and the subsequent rebuilding of their lives, complete with artifacts and documentation. Be sure to watch out for special events, which include galas and art shows.
Hunter’s Home (Formerly George Murrell Home)
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, Hunter’s Home—which dates back to 1845—is one of the few buildings in the area that survived the time between the relocation of Cherokee people and the Civil War. Originally owned by a wealthy merchant and his wife, daughter of a prominent Cherokee leader, the home was once the epicenter of social gatherings in the area. Today, it serves as a museum offering tours that can include hands-on experiences, such as weaving, cooking, gardening, dancing, and pressing flowers, among other activities.
The Spider Gallery
This ever-changing gallery, housed within the Cherokee Arts Center is a place for local artists to not only display their creations but to sell them as well. At any given time, 50-plus local Cherokee artists from the surrounding eight counties display pieces ranging from traditional pottery, jewelry, and paintings, to more contemporary styles. Prices vary greatly, but there are affordable pieces to be found for any budget.
Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum
The small, unassuming red-brick building, dating back to 1844, not only served as the home for the Cherokee Supreme Court, but also for the printing press of the Cherokee Advocate. This paper wasn’t just the official newspaper for the Cherokee Nation, but also the first newspaper in the entire state. Today, for a nominal fee, you can tour the two-story building and view artifacts, including photos and furniture.
Northeastern State University Jazz Lab
What started as a means for jazz students to come together and practice, has transformed into a community-wide musical extravaganza of sorts. For players, there are now two large ensembles with multiple smaller groups that rehearse and perform together. For the community, performances abound, namely when the players are gathered to practice, and “outsiders” are invited to join and listen to an informal performance of live jazz. Plus, the groups are even available to work for private events and parties.
For a relatively quiet, small town, there is still a lot of entertainment near Tahlequah apartments, and even more to discover than you would ever expect. To find out more about the Pines at Southridge, or to schedule a tour, contact us today!