About 25 miles from our bed and breakfast is Cherokee, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The village itself has many souvenir shops and stores that carry Cherokee Indian pottery, baskets and beadwork; as well as other locally made gifts such as dream catchers, dolls and woodcrafts. You'll also find variety of home furnishings, hand-painted and rustic furniture, jewelry, leather goods and unique gift items available throughout Cherokee.
Cherokee Indian Reservation, where Cherokee Indians have lived for centuries, is located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 56,000 acre Reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions.
The Museum of the Cherokee Indian takes visitors all the way back to the beginnings of human existence here in these glorious, storied mountains of western North Carolina. The museum provides an educational and interactive experience where concise, chronological stories retrace the 11,000 year documented history of the Cherokees. This is a Museum in which the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians present themselves and their history according to their own firsthand point of view. It uses modern technology, computer-generated imagery, and special effects to present some of the oldest technologies in existence, as embodied by the most extensive collection of Cherokee artifacts anywhere.