Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 13000705
Historic Name WALKER FARMHOUSE
Description of Significance THE WALKER FARMHOUSE WAS BUILT BY GEORGE WASHINGTON WALKER, OR TAHLAKITEHI (1829-1911), A CHEROKEE INDIAN WHO SURVIVED THE TRAIL OF TEARS AS A CHILD. FORCED WEST BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT DURING THE CHEROKEE REMOVAL IN THE LATE 1830S, THE WALKER FAMILY SETTLED NEAR TAHLEQUAH, CHEROKEE NATION IN TODAY’S OKLAHOMA. IN THE LATE 1850S GEORGE WALKER MOVED TO THE CHEROKEE NEUTRAL LANDS IN KANSAS. FORCED OUT AGAIN AFTER THE CIVIL WAR, WALKER MOVED HISFAMILY TO THE COOWEESCOOWEE DISTRICT IN THE CHEROKEE NATION AND BUILT THE WALKER FARMHOUSE IN 1866. THERE HE FARMED, HELPED FOUND ROGERS INDIAN SCHOOL IN THE CHEROKEE NATION’S SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND REPRESENTED COOWEESCOOWEE DISTRICT ON THE CHEROKEE NATIONAL COUNCIL. THE WALKER FARMHOUSE WAS HIS HOME UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1911. THE PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE IS THEN 1866-1911. THE WALKER FARMHOUSE IS ELIGIBLE UNDER CRITERION A BECAUSE IT IS ASSOCIATED WITH EVENTS THAT HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE BROAD PATTERNS OF OUR HISTORY. IT IS ELIGIBLE UNDER CRITERION B AS THE ONLY EXTANT BUILDING ASSOCIATED WITH GEORGE WASHINGTON WALKER, A CHEROKEETRAIL OF TEARS SURVIVOR WHO LATER ATTAINED PROMINENCE AS A CHEROKEE NATION CITIZEN, SETTLER, SOLDIER, AND ELECTED NATIONAL OFFICIAL. THE WALKER FARMHOUSE IS SIGNIFICANT AT THE STATE LEVEL, AND ITS AREA OF SIGNIFICANCE IS ETHNIC HERITAGE, SPECIFICALLY NATIVE AMERICAN. NOW 147 YEARS OLD, THE WALKER FARMHOUSE REMAINS THE PROPERTY OF A WALKER DESCENDANT.
Current Name SAME
Address RESTRICTED
City WELCH VICINITY
County CRAIG
Lot
Block
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING
Current Function DOMESTIC: SINGLE DWELLING
Area Signficance 1 ETHNIC HERITAGE: NATIVE AMERICAN
Area Significance 2
Date Prepared 2013
Year Built 1866-1911
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder GEORGE WASHINGTON WALKER
Architectural Style
Roof Material ASPHALT
Wall Material WOOD
Window Material WOOD
Door Material WOOD
Decorative Details
Condition GOOD
Comments
Restricted Y