Published on July 2, 2014 by Amy
Oconaluftee in North Carolina is a recreation of an 18th-century Cherokee village. It is one of the country’s best American Indian living history museums.
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With an eye toward authenticity, actual members of the Eastern Cherokee Nation inhabit the village, offering demonstrations of crafts and life in general.
Visits to several traditional dwellings allow visitors a look at day-to-day items used for generations among the Cherokee.
A replica of a seven-sided council house can be visited, to see how “government” worked. An extensive and authentic herb garden is on the grounds as well. Tours are available.
Oconaluftee is located about two miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina on Highway 441. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from mid-May through October.