Chickasaw Country has been a group destination for centuries. It was First Americans who settled the land and preserved many of the region’s cultural traditions still practiced today. As the summer travel season quickly approaches, there has never been a better time to plan your next trip to south-central Oklahoma.
The best way to get to know Chickasaw Country and the history of its people is by visiting the Chickasaw Cultural Center, one of the most extensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Walk the grounds or book a guided tour to discover the story of the Chickasaw Nation through powerful performances and demonstrations.
A stomp dance demonstration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, OK
Before continuing your Chickasaw Country adventure, stop by the Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory in Davis for a free sample, and watch skilled chocolatiers in action. Developed by First Americans, chocolate making is a time-honored custom celebrated by the Chickasaw Nation, the only tribe to create its own brand of fine chocolate.
Bedre’ Fine Chocolate in Davis, OK
Head to the town of Tishomingo for a tour of the Chickasaw National Capitol. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this Victorian, gothic-style mansion was constructed from red granite pulled from the Pennington Creek quarry and hauled to the Capitol grounds by horses and mules. Today, it serves as a museum and a reminder of how the Chickasaw people had to fight for their tribal identity and independence.
The Douglas Johnston statue at the Chickasaw National Capitol in Tishomingo, OK
The Chickasaw White House, once considered a mansion on the great frontier, takes groups on a journey through an important time in First American history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building served as Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnson’s private residence and was the setting for many political and social gatherings. The home is now a museum that shares the Chickasaw experience of the early 20th century.
Visitors will also find a variety of lodging options and special group rates available throughout the Chickasaw Country region. In Sulphur, the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa features luxury accommodations, dining and entertainment. Nearby are scenic sites and attractions, including the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and ARTesian Gallery and Studios, which displays the works of various First American artists.
Artesian Hotel, Casino & Spa Sulphur, OK
The Chickasaw Retreat and Conference Center is another option for large groups and offers a secluded setting with a luxurious yet rustic feel. Featuring an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness facility and spa, as well as ample meeting space and a 125-seat theater-style amphitheater, the retreat provides many amenities and modern conveniences to meet groups’ needs.
With Chickasaw Country located just an hour south of Oklahoma City, visitors are encouraged to extend their First American experience at the new First Americans Museum (FAM). Located in the heart of downtown, the museum explores Oklahoma’s shared tribal history that includes 39 distinctive tribal nations.
To learn more about Chickasaw Country’s authentic First American cultural offerings and plan your group’s next stay, visit www.chickasawcountry.com.