Cherokee Fall Festival

 The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum

To Present Cherokee Fall Festival (Formally the "Great Island Festival")

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Tennessee’s only tribally owned museum will host the Cherokee Fall Festival formally known as the “Great Island Festival” on September 8-9, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.

At Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to experience Native American food, Cherokee arts and crafts demonstrations, music and dance and the blacksmith shop will be doing demonstrations both days. Special demonstrations and displays will include Cherokee life in 1700’s and a Civil War encampment and the Civil War battle re-enactment.

The 27th Annual Cherokee Fall Festival’s theme is “From the Ashes".  Visitors will be able to meet and talk with Cherokees from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation in North Carolina.  Check out our reconstructed 1800’s dog-trot log cabin.  Cherokee cooking demonstrations will be held in the museum with author Johnnie Sue Meyers.  Meet and chat with Miss Cherokee. Have your name written in Cherokee.  The Tennessee State Parks will be doing a Birds of Prey program both days.  

Other activities include posters from Cherokee Elementary school.  Darts, beads, talking sticks, face painting and free Cherokee name cards will be available for children.  We will also host a children’s blowgun competition on Saturday and an adult blowgun competition on both days.  Traditional Indian Fry bread and Indian tacos, and other food and drinks will be sold.

This event is funded in part by Tennessee Arts Commission Rural Arts Program Grant, East TN Foundation Grant-John D. Grubb and Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation Grant, and the Tallassee Fund.

 For more information about the Great Island Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246

September 8-9, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day.

For more information about the Great Island Festival, contact the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at (423) 884-6246  

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Event Dates

9/8/2018 – 9/9/2018

Admission Fee (if any)

Adults $10.00, Children 13-18 $5.00 Children 12 & under are free

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

All ages

ADA Accessibility Notes

Yes, most activities are on the grounds.

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets allowed at festival.

How to Get There

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located just off Highway 411 on Highway 360 in Vonore. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at 423-884-6246 or visit the Web site, www.sequoyahmuseum.org.

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