George M. Murrell Home19479 East Murrell Home Road
Park Hill, OK 74451-2001
Director: David Fowler
Historical Interpreter: Amanda Pritchett
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George M. Murrell Home
Antique Agriculture Festival October 7–9
The Murrell Home Historic Site will host the first annual Antique Agriculture Festival on October 7–9, 2016. The festival will focus on nineteenth-century agricultural practices and will feature activities for the whole family.
The three-day event will include ongoing living history demonstrations, as well as entertainment, shopping, and food vendors. The Murrell Home, built in 1845, is the last remaining nineteenth-century plantation in Oklahoma.
"The Antique Agriculture Festival is a showplace for an agricultural heritage that needs to be saved," said Site Director David Fowler. "The festival will focus on the end of the growing season. We'll show harvesting and food preparation activities needed to sustain a plantation."
Visitors are invited to watch demonstrations and participate in hands-on activities over a variety of topics including foodways, domestic skills, trades, animal husbandry, and farming. "All of the activities will be performed in the nineteenth-century manner," said Fowler.
Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students age 6-18. Children 5 and under are free. For more information on the festival, visit www.antiqueag.org or contact the Murrell Home at 918-456-2751.
Murrell Home Featured in Crossroads
The first issue of Crossroads celebrates the agricultural heritage of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation with a visit to the Murrell Home. Find out more.
Crossroads is a new online publication from the Oklahoma Historical Society. Each month, we will visit a new chapter in Oklahoma history.
Murrell Home History Book
The Friends of the Murrell Home have published a new book about the historic site entitled A Short History of the George M. Murrell Home Historic Site. The thirty-page book features a history of the Cherokee plantation and dozens of full-color photos. Written by OHS Historical Interpreter Amanda Pritchett, the book is the first comprehensive history published about the historic site.
The book chronicles the construction of their home in Park Hill following Cherokee removal through the suffering of the Civil War, and beyond. The home is a National Historic Landmark and is a National Trail of Tears site.
The book is available online at mkt.com/murrellhome and in the museum's gift shop.
About the Murrell Home
George Michael Murrell was born to a prominent family in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1808. He moved to the Athens, Tennessee, area as a young man to pursue mercantile interests with his brother, Glenmore O. Murrell, and future father-in-law, Lewis Ross. There, in 1834, George Murrell met and married Minerva Ross. Minerva was the oldest daughter of Lewis and Fannie (Holt) Ross, members of a wealthy and influential Cherokee family. Lewis was a merchant, planter, and National Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. His brother, John, was Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828 until his death in 1866.
When the Cherokees were forced to leave their homes during the Trail of Tears in 1838–1839, Murrell chose to move with his wife's family to the new Nation in the West. In Park Hill, Indian Territory, he established a plantation and built a large frame home similar to those he remembered in Virginia. He called the Greek Revival-style house "Hunter's Home" because of his fondness for the fox hunt. A rock building was added beside the creek branch over a cold spring to preserve food. Outbuildings included a barn with stables for his horses. Other buildings probably added were a smokehouse, grist mill, blacksmith shop, corn cribs, and small cabins for slaves and employees. Murrell and his father-in-law also established a mercantile business in Park Hill, later moving it into Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation.
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Operating support is generously provided by the Cherokee Nation.