Near Rydal in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Pine Log Indian Town
The Ridge, or Major Ridge, brought his aged parents from Hiawassee (now Tennessee) to Pine Log (now Georgia) because of the tranquility of the place. It was here that The Ridge, or Chief Yellow Bird, signed the Treaty of Hopewell in 1785. It was also here in the late 1570's that De Soto visited the village and was amazed at the Indian women and the skills they had at running the village. Benjamin Hawkins who was sent by the United States President to be the Agent of the Creeks, also visited the village. He wrote to President Washington about the civilized Cherokee. It was here while he was on a War Party that Major Ridge's parents died (March 1789) and were buried. Within a few years, Major Ridge had moved on to the Oostanaula River at Oothcaloga, before finally moving on to what is now Rome, GA.
Thanks go to the Bartow County Commissioner, Clarence Brown, and the Mayor of Cartersville, Michael Field, and the Cartersville Bartow County Cultural Arts Alliance, for their support of the Pine Log Historical Society, and erection of this sign. May 2004.
Source: Rev. Charles O. Walker and his book Cherokee Footprints, the Southeastern Indians, Charles Hudson, Cherokee Tragedy, Thurman Wilkins, Indian Removal, Grant Foreman. The Southern Indians and Benjamin Hawkins, 1796~1816 Florette Henri.
Erected 2004 by Pine Log Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list.
Location. 34° 20.874′ N, 84° 39.963′ W. Marker is near Rydal, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker is on Waleska Highway (Georgia Route 140) 0.1 miles west of Deer Lodge Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rydal GA 30171, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Pine Log Church Historic District (approx. 3.4 miles away); Corra Harris (approx. 5.7 miles away); Rowland Springs (approx. 9.6 miles away); Old Sonora P.O. Now Sonoraville (approx. 10.8 miles away); Crescent Farm Rock Barn (approx. 12.2 miles away); Confederate Memorial Cassville Cemetery (approx. 12.2 miles away); Grave of Gen. William Tatum Wofford (approx. 12.3 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 12.3 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,569 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 1, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.