Sequoyah's Cabin
This hand-hewn log cabin
near Sallisaw, Oklahoma, is
one of the oldest structures
on the Western frontier.
Another View of the Cabin
Sequoyah built this cabin
after moving from Arkansas to
land in what is now Sequoyah
County, Oklahoma. - Sequoyah's Cabin, Oklahoma - Sequoyah's Cabin, Oklahoma
Sequoyah's Cabin Historic Site - Sallisaw, Oklahoma
Sequoyah's Cabin
Now housed within a stone memorial building, this
cabin was built by Sequoyah when he arrived in
what is now Oklahoma in around 1825.
Last Home of Sequoyah...
In the beautiful rolling countryside just north
of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, can be found one of
the oldest and most historic structures on the
Western frontier.

Sequoyah's Cabin, the last home of the
famed Native American scholar and inventor
of the Cherokee Alphabet, is now preserved
in a memorial building set in a beautifully
landscaped park. It was here that the famed
Cherokee soldier, scholar and explorer spent
the last years of his life.

Following his introduction of the Cherokee
Alphabet at Wills Town, Alabama, in 1821,
Sequoyah moved west to Arkansas to teach
his "writing leaves" to a group of Cherokee
who had already relocated to new homes
west of the Mississippi. In 1825 he traded his
home in Arkansas for new lands in what is
now Oklahoma and soon thereafter began
construction of the little log cabin.

While living here, Sequoyah began work on
what he hoped would be an alphabet and
written language that would allow various
Native American tribes to communicate in
writing with each other. He traveled from the
little Oklahoma cabin far and wide to meet
representatives of other tribes. His journeys
are believed to have extended as far west as
Arizona and New Mexico.

During his journeys he learned that a band of
Cherokee were living in Mexico. He set out to
visit them and died on this final exploration in
1845. His burial site has been lost to time.

The great Cherokee's final home, however,
has been saved. Eventually sold by his
widow to another Cherokee family, the sturdy
cabin weathered not only the Civil War, but
the decades that followed. Now preserved by
the Oklahoma Historical Society, it has been
beautifully restored and is furnished much as
it would have been when Sequoyah lived

On the grounds visitors can see a stone-
walled spring used by Sequoyah, the iron
kettle once used to make salt at a nearby
saline spring, a monument to his service at
the Battle of Horseshoe Bend during the War
of 1812, an exhibit on the Trail of Tears and a
beautiful sculpture of the man recognized
today as one of the greatest scholars of the
19th century.
To reach the cabin from Sallisaw, travel north
on U.S. Highway 59 for three miles, then turn
right on Oklahoma Highway 101 and follow it
seven miles to the historic site. Admission is
free (closed on Mondays).
Please click here
to visit the official Sequoyah's Cabin website
for more information.
Statue of Sequoyah
A beautiful statue of the great
Cherokee scholar graces the
landscaped grounds of the
Memorial Building
The cabin is now housed in
this memorial building,
constructed of area stone
during the Great Depression.
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