Minerva Ross Murrell exhibits and programs showcased in January

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/12/2020 11:30 AM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Minerva Ross
PARK HILL – During the month of January, Hunter’s Home in Park Hill will present programming centered on the lady of the house, Minerva Ross Murrell.

Through Jan. 11, programs will focus on medicine. Because Minerva suffered the effects of malaria for much of the last five years of her life, museum staff will discuss commonly prescribed treatments for the disease and medicines of the mid-1800s. Notes from the physician who cared for Minerva reveal that she received many of these treatments under his care.

From Jan. 14-18, the home will present its “Mourning Minerva” programming, through which visitors will learn the 19th-century processes for dealing with death. The mansion will come out of mourning Jan. 21–25 to discuss the stages of Victorian mourning. Hunter’s Home will close the month on a high note from Jan. 28-31 with discussions about period birthday celebrations in honor of the 201st anniversary of Minerva’s birth.

George Michael Murrell built Hunter’s Home in 1845. He was a wealthy white planter and merchant who married Minerva, the niece of then-Principal Chief John Ross. He called it Hunter’s Home due to his fondness for the fox hunt.

The home is one of few buildings to survive the American Civil War in the Cherokee Nation. It was a major social center of the elite among the Cherokee in the mid-nineteenth century. It has been owned by the state since 1948 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974.

Living History Season at Hunter’s Home is in full swing. Visit the historic site Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see dressed interpreters carrying out a variety of 19th-century crafts and trades.

The home is located at 19479 E. Murrell Road in Park Hill. For more information, call 918-456-2751.

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