Wheelock Academy

Wheelock Academy N4525 Rd
Rt 2 Box 257-A8
Garvin, OK 74736

Phone: 580-746-2139
Fax: 580-746-2199
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Located in McCurtain County, Wheelock Academy is a testament to the Choctaw Nation's commitment to education. Built in 1832, Wheelock Academy was created as a missionary school. Ten years later, Wheelock Academy was chosen to become the first Choctaw Nation Academy and was converted into an all-girls school. Students there were exposed to both traditional studies of English, history, geography and science, as well as home economics and Bible studies. When the Civil War began in 1861, the academy was closed. A fire destroyed every building on the original campus in 1869, and Wheelock Academy ...

Located in McCurtain County, Wheelock Academy is a testament to the Choctaw Nation's commitment to education. Built in 1832, Wheelock Academy was created as a missionary school. Ten years later, Wheelock Academy was chosen to become the first Choctaw Nation Academy and was converted into an all-girls school. Students there were exposed to both traditional studies of English, history, geography and science, as well as home economics and Bible studies. When the Civil War began in 1861, the academy was closed. A fire destroyed every building on the original campus in 1869, and Wheelock Academy was reconstructed in the 1880s just northeast of its original location. Between 1884 and 1955, Wheelock Academy was a thriving learning environment.

After Wheelock Academy's closure in 1955, the campus underwent several changes. What had grown to 17 buildings dwindled down to just six, including an old seminary, dining hall, barn, chapel, a domestic science building and an arts and crafts building. In 1965 the academy was declared a National Historical Landmark. Since then, Wheelock Academy has become a popular tourist destination. It is located in an area dubbed the "Choctaw/Chickasaw Heritage Corridor," which stretches from Wheelock Academy to the Chickasaw Capitol House in Tishomingo. Guests are invited to take a one hour guided tour of the grounds five days a week. Advance group reservations preferred.

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  • Facility Amenities: ADA Compliant, Credit Cards Accepted, Gift Shop, Meeting Space Available

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Advance Group Reservations Required, Bus/Motorcoach Parking, Tour Group Welcome Reception

  • Suitable for Ages: Adults (18+), Children (up to 12), Teens (13-18)

  • Tour Information: Guided Tours

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Monday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Tuesday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Wednesday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Thursday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Friday

8:00 am

4:30 pm

Tour is free, but donations are appreciated.

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located just east of Millerton off Hwy 70. Turn north on N4525 and drive for 1.5 miles to Wheelock Academy.

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From TravelOK.com Staff on 05/05/15

Deloris, the number for Wheelock Academy is 580-746-2139. Please give them a call to ensure they receive your message. Thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Deloris Samuels on 05/04/15

trying to get hold of stoney trusty , see if we can come and fish. outing for mother,s day. you can call me 1580612 1216 . thank you


From CARLYON SUE MILLER on 12/27/14

My grandmother went school ther


From Leisa on 11/14/13

the property is wonderful. the history of it is HORRIBLE. the sites speak of it as if they were doin the Choctaws a favor. the girls there were VERY abused!!!!!!! i thank God that the women i know survived that place! i am thankful that they do not hate or blame the Lord for the mistreatment they recieved from the Missionaries who ran the place.


From TravelOK.com Staff on 11/04/13

Lynn, we hope you were able to visit the Wheelock Academy! If you have any questions, please call 580-746-2139. Have a great day and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Lynn Boyes on 11/01/13

We would like to come tomorrow, Saturday. Can we still walk around, without a guided tour?


From steve beasley on 09/21/12

Have visited your academy in the 1980`s and in the 1990`s. I have photos and over 2 hours of video inside and out before remodeling . contact me if interested.I love your history.


 
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