George M Murrell House

Historic Site in Tahlequah

A large estate from the mid-19th century, this house belies some of the images of the Cherokees as downtrodden. Murrell, who was of European descent, married Minerva Ross, a member of a prominent Cherokee family (her father was principal chief of the tribe from 1828 to 1866). He moved with his family at the time of the forced removals and built this estate, which offers a look at the more genteel aspects of life in the Indian Territory's early days.