In south-central Oklahoma, you will find 13 counties that are part of Chickasaw Country. The area is 7,648 square miles of lakes, waterfalls, ziplines, festivals, museums, and so much more fun. Chickasaw Country is broken up into 4 regions– northwest, southwest, northeast, and southeast. Each of the 4 regions are home to unique events and beautiful scenery.
If you want to learn more about the northeast region of Chickasaw Country, this blog is for you. From Ada to Wynnewood and from Paoli to Stonewall, you will find communities in Oklahoma that are full of Oklahoma history and fun experiences.
- Ada, Oklahoma was established in 1901 as an old railroad town. At that time, it was known as Daggs Prairie after the first family who settled there, but was later renamed to Ada. The name honored the daughter of Jeff Reed, Daggs Prairie’s first mail carrier. This small town is home to East Central University and is the headquarters of the Chickasaw Nation. It is also the hometown to a former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator Robert S. Kerr and country music star Blake Shelton. In Ada, you will find tons of family activities at the Lazer Zone Family Fun Center and Wintersmith Park. In downtown Ada, you can watch a movie or listen to live music at the McSwain Theatre.
- Goldsby, Oklahoma is located only a few miles south of Norman. Being the first town in south-central Oklahoma on the I-35 corridor, it is the gateway to Chickasaw Country. Goldsby is a fairly new f fs community in Oklahoma. It didn’t officially become a town until 1962! You will find Libby’s Café. This café has been open for over 25 years, and is THE place for great food. Want to know more? Read this blog.
- Paoli, Oklahoma is a small town in Garvin County. It was named after Paoli, Pennsylvania, which is the hometown of many railroad workers who built the town. The Dancing Rabbit Creek Vineyards and Winery calls Paoli home. This winery produces wine from grapes grown along the Washita River, but also from France, Italy, Australia and California.
- Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was established in 1857 by a man named Smith Paul. He was the driving force behind the development of agriculture in the area, which is why the area became called Smith Pauls Valley and later shortened to Pauls Valley. Soon after the town was established, construction began on downtown Pauls Valley. This area has over 17,000 square yards of brick streets, which ranks Pauls Valley as the city with the most brick streets in the nation! Along the brick streets you will find the Santa Fe Depot Museum and The Toy and Action Figure Museum. Don’t forget to eat the famous Mexican food from Tio’s Mexican Restaurant, and you can’t leave Pauls Valley without shopping at White Feather Boutique!
- Purcell, Oklahoma has been named “The Heart of Oklahoma” and is the “Quarter House Capital of the World.” It is the county seat in McClain County and was established over 125 years ago. It was named after E.B. Purcell, a director of the Santa Fe Railway. The roots of the railway still hold strong because Purcell is one of the largest stops for the AMTRAK Heartland Flyer that runs from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth daily. In downtown Purcell, you will find Butler’s Antiques and the beautiful venue, The Grand Canadian Theater. If you want to grab a bite to eat in the area, I suggest Van’s Pig Stand!
- Stonewall, Oklahoma is only 13 miles southeast of Ada and was established in 1874.Stonewall is home to multiple hunting camps and ranches including the Wildcat Springs Ranch and the Shiloh Ranch Hunting Camp. Wildcat Springs Ranch is 7,300 acres and is home to elk, deer, African Watusi cattle, zebras and other exotics.
- Stratford, Oklahoma is located in Garvin County and was first established in 1891. In 1906, after the Oklahoma Central Railroad was created two miles south of the town, the Stratford citizens relocated the town to its current location. Around Stratford you will find over 900 acres of peach orchards which is why Stratford is the self-proclaimed “Peach Capital of the World.” Every July the town has a big celebration, the Stratford Peach Festival, to celebrate the year’s harvest.
- Wynnewood, Oklahoma was established in 1886 and was named after a town outside of Philadelphia, another hometown of railroad workers who made their mark in the area. Many of the first buildings still stand in the downtown area including the hotel and bank. The Eskridge Hotel Museum is now a museum in downtown Wynnewood, but it once was the most popular hotel in the area. While you’re in Wynnewood, don’t forget to see the Muffler Man Cowboy right by I-35.
We can’t wait for you to visit Chickasaw Country! Remember to take pictures and tag us on Instagram using #VisitChickasaw.
(Originally published on November 14, 2018. Updated on August 26, 2019.)