Located in McCurtain County, Wheelock Academy is a testament to the Choctaw Nation's commitment to education. Wheelock Academy was built as a missionary school in 1832. Ten years later, the site became Choctaw Nation Academy, an all-girls school.
Students were exposed to English, history, geography and science, home economics and Bible studies. Upon the Civil War in 1861, the academy was closed. A fire destroyed every building on campus in 1869, and Wheelock Academy was reconstructed in the 1880s just northeast of its original location. Between 1884 and 1955, Wheelock Academy was once again 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. The campus is located in the Choctaw/Chickasaw Heritage Corridor, which stretches from Wheelock Academy to the Chickasaw Capitol House in Tishomingo. Guests are invited to take a guided tour of the grounds five days a week. Advance group reservations preferred.