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Near Oakville in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Cherokee Council House Museum

 
 
Cherokee Council House Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
1. Cherokee Council House Museum Marker
Inscription. The Oakville Indian Mounds Museum is based on a seven sided Cherokee council house. This type of council house was used during the cooler months and an open sided rectangular pavilion during warmer weather. The descriptions used for the museum's construction came from Lt. Henry Timberlake, who visited the Cherokee capitol at Chota in 1761 and William Bartram who visited Cowe in 1765. Timberlake's description: "The townhouse, in which are transacted all public business and diversions, is raised with wood, and covered over with earth and has all the appearance of a small mountain at a little distance. It is built in the form of a sugar loaf, and large enough to contain 500 persons, but extremely dark, having besides the door, which is narrow that but one at a time can pass, and that after much winding and turning, but one small aperture to let the smoke out, which is so ill contrived, that most of it settles in the ancient amphitheater, the seats being raised one above another, leaving an area in the middle in the center of which stands the fire: the seats of the head warriors are nearest it." The seven sides represent the matrilineal clans of the Cherokee: Wild Potato, Long Hair, Paint, Wolf, Deer, Bird and Blue.
 
Erected by Lawrence County Historical Commission Inc.
 
Location.
Oakville Indian Mound Park image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
2. Oakville Indian Mound Park
Oakville Indian Mound Park
34° 26.641′ N, 87° 10.7′ W. Marker is near Oakville, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville AL 35619, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Doublehead (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Oakville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Indians (about 600 feet away); Copena Burial Mound (about 600 feet away); Cherokee Indian Removal (about 700 feet away); Oakville Indian Mound (about 700 feet away); Creek Indian Removal (about 700 feet away); Streight's Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Cherokee Council House Museum - View from Oakville Indian Mound image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 8, 2009
3. Cherokee Council House Museum - View from Oakville Indian Mound
(backside)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 2,053 times since then and 102 times this year. Last updated on June 12, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3. submitted on September 21, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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