After careful consideration, we have made the decision to close Sequoyah Birthplace Museum beginning Tuesday March 17, 2020 until further notice. We have been closely monitoring the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19 and the CDC guidelines. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. Thank you for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. We hope you and your families remain healthy during this difficult time and we look forward to visiting with you all in the very near future.
To reach Museum Staff 423-884-6246 or 423-519-1000 and leave a message, messages will be checked periodically.
Friends of Sequoyah Board and Museum Staff
THE STORY OF SEQUOYAH
Sequoyah (c. 1776-1843)
Never before or since, in the history of the world, has one man not literate in any language, perfected a system for reading and writing a language.
Visitors to the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum will experience the life of the man Sequoyah – father, soldier, silversmith, statesman and creator of the Cherokee writing system. At the center of the story the deeply personal quest of Sequoyah’s single-minded concentration on solving the mystery of the “talking leaves.” He spent those years in near isolation, facing down social derision and tribal suspicion, enduring family rebellion, and believing – almost alone – that he could create a written language for the Cherokee.