In 1830 Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, which forced the Indians east of the Mississippi to leave their homelands and move to land west of the Mississippi, a journey of more than a thousand miles and one that cost many lives. Join us as we travel this route. Our journey will begin in Cherokee, NC, and will continue until we reach their government-assigned home in Oklahoma. Our itinerary looks like this:
Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and learn about the history, culture, and stories of the Cherokee people, Cherokee, NC
Tour the Oconoluftee Indian Village, see the traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites and delight in cultural dances
Dinner at Granny’s, an all-you-can-eat buffet
Check into Holiday Inn Express, Murphy, NC
Visit Nancy Ward Gravesite, a Princess and Prophetess of the Cherokee Nation. Not only was she considered an important figure to the Cherokee people, but she is also regarded as an early pioneer for women in politics, as she advocated for a woman’s voice during a turbulent period in her people’s history.
Guided tour Chief Vann House, home of James Vann, a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. This historic Cherokee Indian home was completed in 1804.
Visit Spring Place Mission, a mission founded by Moravians from Winston-Salem. The Moravians remained among the Cherokees for more than thirty years and later established a mission with them in Oklahoma
Tour New Echota, the capital of the Cherokee Nation and one of the most significant Cherokee Indian sites, as this is where the “Trail of Tears” officially began.
Tour the John Ross House, home of Chief John Ross, who devoted his life to resisting U.S. seizure of his people’s land and was forced to assume the painful task of leading the Cherokee in their removal to Oklahoma Territory.
Dinner at Golden Corral
Check into Hampton Inn, Cleveland, TN
Red Clay State Historic Area, an interpretive center along the Cherokee Trail of Tears. This is the sited of the last seat of Cherokee national government before the forced removal from their beloved mountains, streams, and valleys. Red Clay is where the Trail of Tears really began
Blythe Ferry Landing and Park, a gathering point and crossing for ten thousand Cherokee. It took several weeks to move the entire group across the river, with the last detachment crossing on November 12, 1838.
Tour the Hermitage, Nashville, TN, home of President Andrew Jackson, a long-time advocate of the Indian Removal and as President continued his crusade, signing the Indian Removal Act in 1830.
Dinner at O’Charleys, Nashville, TN
Check into Comfort Suites, Hopkinsville, KY
Trail of Tears Commemorative Park, Hopkinsville KY, one of the few documented sites of the actual trail and campsites used during the forced removal of the Cherokee people. It is the burial site for two Cherokee Chiefs who died during the removal, Fly Smith and Whitepath.
Cape Girardeau Trail of Tears State Park, a memorial to the members of the Cherokee tribe that lost their lives during the forced relocation. The peaceful, serene setting is in sharp contrast to the tragic history of the park and the brutal conditions in which the Cherokee dealt with rain, snow, freezing cold, hunger, and disease.
Dinner at Lambert’s, Sikeston, MO, home of the famous “throwed rolls.”
Check into Comfort Inn, Willow Springs, MO
Tour Rocky Ridge Farm, home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author known for the Little House on the Prairie series of books, which were based on her childhood in a pioneer family.
Enjoy Broadway’s Greatest Hits, in Branson, a fast-paced musical journey through exciting highlights of the greatest Broadway musicals of the last 50 years.
Dinner at Myrtie Mae’s in Eureka Springs, AR
Check into Holiday Inn Express, Tahlequah, OK, for two-night stay
Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill OK, a museum that seeks to preserve the historical and cultural artifacts, language, and traditions of the Cherokee. The center includes Diligwa, a 1710 Cherokee Village; the Trail of Tears Exhibit; and Adam’s Corner, a depiction of the 1800’s after the Cherokee arrived in Oklahoma.
The Murrell House, home of George and Fannie Murrell. George Murrell, a prominent Virginian, moved to Tennessee where he met and married Fannie Ross, niece of John Ross. When the Cherokees were forced to leave their homes, he chose to move with his wife’s family to the new Nation. Named “Hunter’s Home” because of his fondness for fox hunting, the Murrell House is the only remaining antebellum plantation home in Oklahoma.
New Spring Place and Indian Oaks Mission, the new mission established by the Moravians after the forced removal.
Dinner at Katfish Kitchen, Tahlequah
Overnight Holiday Inn Express, Tahlequah
Will Rogers Museum, Claremore, OK, a museum that memorializes Will Rogers, an American stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator. A Cherokee citizen, he was proud of his Indian heritage and used to say, “My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat!” His father was a Cherokee senator and judge who help to write the Oklahoma Constitution and his mother was a descendant from a Cherokee chief.
Sequoyah’s Cabin, Sallisaw, OK, a historic log cabin, home between 1829 and 1844 of Cherokee Indian Sequoyah, who created a written language for the Cherokee Nation.
Check into Hampton, Lonoke AR
All-you-can-eat buffet lunch Brooks Old Country Store, Jackson, TN
Tour Casey Jones Museum. Located next to Casey’s historic home, the museum contains many exhibits dedicated to Casey’s life and his famous last ride.
Check into Fairfield Inn, Cookeville, TN
Depart for home
Tour includes motor coach, hotel accommodations, all attractions listed, 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners, and 1 lunch.
NOTE: We recommend travel insurance for this trip. You will need to call for the rate as the prices are age-based.
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CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH
November 18-20, 2019
Again we journey to Myrtle Beach for the fun and festivities this area has to offer for this holy season. We will enjoy mouthwatering food, entertaining and inspiring shows, shopping, and a little history! Our itinerary looks like this:
Monday, Nov. 18:
Depart from Davie County Senior Center, Mocksville, NC, and Village Inn, Clemmons, NC
Buffet lunch at Webster Manor, a beautifully decorated historic Bed and Breakfast that serves yummy home cooking
Travel to Myrtle Beach and check into Ocean Reef Resort
Dinner at local restaurant, not included
Enjoy The Carolina Opry Christmas Special, often called “The Christmas Show of the South. In its 34th season, this enchanting holiday performance features outstanding talent and brings warm, wonderful and fun spirit of Christmas to life with music, comedy, and dance.
Overnight at the hotel
Tuesday, Nov. 19:
Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy leisure time on the beach and at the hotel
Holiday Buffet Lunch at the Hilton, featuring a holiday feast with all the trimmings
Delight in Alabama Theatre’s award-winning production, The South’s Grandest Christmas Show. This Christmas extravaganza features incredible talent, scenery, and special effect and is sure to instill in us the true meaning of Christmas. And, adding to the celebration of the show, Ricky Mokel will entertain us and keep us laughing at his antics.
Shopping at the outlets
Overnight at the hotel
Wednesday, Nov. 20:
Breakfast at the hotel
Travel to Georgetown and tour the Hopsewee Plantation, home of the 52nd signer of the Declaration of Independence. Completed in 1740, this historic Southern rice plantation home features hand-carved molding, heart-pine floors, and walls of black cypress.
Stop in historic Georgetown, a beautiful quaint waterfront community and the third oldest town in South Carolina, for lunch and to browse the shops and boutiques.
Depart for home
Tour includes motor coach, hotel accommodations, the attractions listed, two breakfasts, one lunch and one dinner.