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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Chieftains

 
 
Chieftains Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 29, 2007
1. Chieftains Marker
Inscription. At this house’s core is the 1790s log home of Major Ridge (c.1771-1839), a leader in the Cherokee Nation. His 223-acre plantation supported numerous outbuildings, orchards and slaves while the family served as ferryboat operators and merchants. It was here the council negotiated the Treaty of New Echota in 1835, which promised the Cherokees land compensation for voluntarily moving to Oklahoma. Their forced removal became known as the "Trail of Tears." Ridge knew death was imminent for selling tribal lands but believed the treaty to be the only means to save his people. He, his son, and nephew were murdered in 1839.
 
Erected 2000 by Georgia Historical Society and Chieftains Museum, Inc. (Marker Number 57-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission, the National Historic Landmarks, and the Trail of Tears marker series.
 
Location. 34° 16.617′ N, 85° 10.215′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Parkway and Riverside Industrial Park, NE, on the left when traveling north on Riverside Parkway. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome GA 30161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker
Chieftains Museum image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, October 29, 2007
2. Chieftains Museum
The "Major Ridge" plaque is the plaque on the stone in front of the house, visible in this photo. See nearby markers for more information.
, measured as the crow flies. Major Ridge (here, next to this marker); Original Cabin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Martha Berry’s Birthplace (approx. 0.7 miles away); De Soto In Georgia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Federal Occupation of Rome (approx. 1.1 miles away); French’s Div. at Rome (approx. 1.1 miles away); Davis’ March to Rome (approx. 1.1 miles away); Berry College (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
Regarding Chieftains. The Ridge, the white translation of his Cherokee name, fought with General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, where he was awarded the the rank of Major.

"Chieftains" is open as a museum.
 
Also see . . .
1. Major Ridge (ca. 1771-1839). A short biography of Major Ridge on the Georgia Encyclopedia Online. (Submitted on January 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 

2. Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home. Photos of the house and grounds. (Submitted on January 5, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNative AmericansNotable BuildingsWar of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,283 times since then and 119 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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