Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is located in Vonore, Tennessee visitors to the museum will experience the life of the man Sequoyah – father, soldier, silversmith, statesman and creator of the Cherokee writing system. The museum opened in 1986 presents the life story of the Cherokee Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee syllabary alphabet, and stands on land where he was born and raised. At the center of the story is the quest of Sequoyah’s single minded concentration on solving the mystery of the “talking leaves.” He spent those years in near isolation, facing down social derision and tribal suspicion, enduring family rebellion, and believing that he could create a written language for the Cherokee. Although he had no formal education, he brought his Cherokee heritage, his skills as an artisan, and his hopes for his people into the fires of his imagination, and wrought the sounds of the Cherokee language into symbols his people could easily understand and learn. After his long travail, practically overnight, the Cherokee began using Sequoyah’s syllabary to transform themselves into a literate society, an accomplishment that changed both their lives and his.