Indian Territory & Oklahoma Statehood Settlement
The Indian Territory and Oklahoma Statehood Settlement features both the Old Choate Cabin Museum and the Bynum House in Indianola. Pay a visit to the Old Choate Cabin, and explore the one-and-a-half story double log cabin with dogtrot that was once the home of George Washington Choate. What once belonged to Choate — a Civil War soldier, an Indian Territory Tobucksy sheriff and judge, the last Choctaw Senate president before Oklahoma Statehood and acting Choctaw Nation Chief — has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Take a look through the Heritage Room, and see furniture dating from 1689-1889 before wandering through the Territorial Room, which includes furnishings dating from 1889-1907, as well as original construction details. Guests can even see the original 1923 barn located on-site, containing early farm implements and exhibits detailing local history to 1945.
The 1903 Bynum Family Homestead is a three-generation family home and garden with all original outbuildings including the barn smoke house, wash house, carriage house, well house, root cellar and outhouse. Visit this home and witness a structure built in 1903 by J.H. Bynum, an early Oklahoma settler, Indianola's first Postmaster, a local merchant and a businessman. Before you leave, be sure to admire the J.H. Bynum Mercantile and the local gin, the most notable of the Bynum family endeavors in the northernmost part of the Choctaw Nation and Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.