Our daughter is currently working in Florida at Disney World. In fact, she is “friends with” (Disney’s words for her character role position) “Princess Anna” from Frozen. So if you happen to be in Epcot sometime in the next few months, you might see her greeting children and signing autographs at her post in Norway. She is a Disney girl through and through, but a few months ago she worked with a mission group in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and of course we drove there for a visit. Her housing for this job was in one of the dorms at Northeastern State University.
The back side of that fountain looks like this:
(The quote is rather appropriate for someone doing mission work. 🙂 )
As you approach the university, you see this stream separating its campus from the town.
The area has a very rich history with the Cherokee people, so you will see this statue on campus just beyond the stream.
A few blocks down the street from the college is a park.
If you have read the children’s book, Where the Red Fern Grows, you probably remember the story was set in Tahlequah. A commemorative statue honoring the book and author stands in the park.
Scattered around the park are other plaques and maps with information about the Cherokee people and the history of the area.
Because the Native American history is so important to the area, we also visited the Cherokee Heritage Center.
There is a sculpture of Andrew Hartley Payne near the entrance to the center. He was of Cherokee heritage and was the 1st place winner of the 1928 Great Trans-Continental Foot Race from Los Angeles to New York City. He also served many years as a clerk of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
We explored many different buildings while we were there at the center.
But there is more to the town of Tahlequah than their history. We also did some shopping in the downtown district. My very favorite store there was Cook’s Companion – a precious kitchen shop! I could have spent a small fortune (well actually, a BIG one!) there. 🙂 They had everything you could possibly want or need for cooking and entertaining.
Even Downton Abbey items…
and cotton boll wreaths! 🙂
See why I had a hard time resisting?!
Further temptation in Tahlequah was several restaurants that had very tasty food.
On our first evening there we had pizza at the oddly named Sam and Ella’s Chicken Palace.
(Yes, it really is a pizza place!)
And there is the Drip coffee, brunch, and lunch spot.
Every single thing at Drip is absolutely delicious…
from coffee to tea to sandwiches to soup and salads and desserts.
And then there was the place our daughter and her roommates ate every chance they could:
(and yes, that is how they spell it. 🙂 )
Their menus were on clipboards.
We enjoyed our lunch there with sandwiches…
and a super fun dessert!
And finally, we also had a fun time canoeing one of the nearby rivers.
Thanks for following along with our trip to Oklahoma! On the way back to Georgia, we stopped to tour this house in Alabama:
I’ll have all the details from that tour in the coming post. 🙂
Until next time…