Hunter’s Home in the Cherokee Nation: A Chronicle of Historic Heritage in Park Hill

Step into the rich tapestry of Cherokee history with the captivating pages of “Hunter’s Home in the Cherokee Nation – The Murrell and Ross Families in Indian Territory.” Authored by Shirley Pettengill and meticulously curated by editor Jennifer Sparks, this 317-page masterpiece delves deep into the storied past of the 19th-century home nestled in Park Hill, alongside the tranquil waters of the Park Hill Branch creek.

The book serves as a poignant tribute to the resilience and perseverance of the Murrell and Ross families, whose lives intertwined amidst the backdrop of Indian Territory’s tumultuous landscape. George Murrell, a Virginian native, forged an enduring bond with the Cherokee Ross family when he married Minerva Ross in 1834. Together, they erected Hunter’s Home around 1845, a testament to their enduring love and shared hardships.

Originally known as the Murrell Home, Hunter’s Home stands as Oklahoma’s sole surviving antebellum plantation home, a tangible link to a bygone era steeped in history and heritage. Through meticulous research and dedication, Pettengill and Sparks breathe life into the forgotten stories and cherished memories of those who once walked the halls of Hunter’s Home.

The journey chronicled in the book began in January 2003, with the inception of a quarterly newsletter by FRIENDS of the Murrell Home. What started as a humble endeavor to keep members informed blossomed into a comprehensive exploration of the home’s illustrious past and the remarkable individuals who shaped its legacy.

Compiled from years of painstaking research and passionate storytelling, “Hunter’s Home in the Cherokee Nation” is a treasure trove of 63 captivating stories, complemented by 21 family genealogy charts and 263 evocative photographs. Each page is a testament to the dedication and love poured into preserving the heritage of Hunter’s Home and its inhabitants.

Available at select locations, including the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop, Too Fond of Books in Tahlequah, and the Talbot Library in Colcord, Oklahoma, the book stands as a beacon of remembrance and reverence. Proceeds from the book support the ongoing preservation efforts at Hunter’s Home Historic Site, ensuring that its legacy endures for generations to come.

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As readers embark on a journey through the pages of “Hunter’s Home in the Cherokee Nation,” they are transported back in time, where the echoes of the past intertwine with the promise of the future. With each turn of the page, the stories of Hunter’s Home and its inhabitants come to life, weaving a timeless narrative of resilience, love, and legacy.

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