Chelsea, Cooweescoowee District

Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Established 1889

We, the Chelsea Area Historical Society, serve in the spirit of our Native American beginning. In fulfilling our mission, we promote the awareness of our local history, working to preserve historic records, artifacts and sites, while providing facilities for exhibition, development of arts and craft and conduct of research.

Chelsea Area Historical Society News, Events and Updates

Chelsea Reporter Office

The Reporter, established in 1896 by J. A. Clawson is one of the oldest newspapers in Oklahoma and is thought to be the oldest ongoing business in Chelsea. Among some of the earliest information available, we find in the year 1899 the Reporter was published on... read more

Hogue House

Sears Catalog Homes (sold as Sears Modern Homes) were ready-to assemble kit houses sold through mail order by Sears, Roebuck and Company, an American retailer. More than 70,000 of these were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. Shipped via railroad boxcars,... read more

Historical Photo Gallery

Take a visual tour of the Chelsea Area’s most prolific historical sites.

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Historic Route 66

Everyone has heard of Route 66. The Chelsea Area Historical Society has compiled some familar and not so familar landmarks for you to explore in your travels.

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The Bank of Chelsea was founded in 1896…

Route 66

Historic Route 66 is a big part of Chelsea’s history…

Photo Gallery

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Cherokee Nation

Explore our Native American heritage…

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