Chieftains Museum (Major Ridge Home)

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Chieftain House
Chieftains Museum (Major Ridge Home) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Chieftains Museum (Major Ridge Home)
Location 80 Chatillon Rd., Rome, Georgia
Coordinates 34°17′10″N 85°10′20″W / 34.28611°N 85.17222°W / 34.28611; -85.17222Coordinates: 34°17′10″N 85°10′20″W / 34.28611°N 85.17222°W / 34.28611; -85.17222
Built 1792
Architect Ridge,Major
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 71000273
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 7, 1971[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

Chieftains Museum, also known as the Major Ridge Home, is a two-story house built in 1792 in Cherokee country (present-day Rome, Georgia). It was the home of the Cherokee leader Major Ridge— notable for his role in negotiating and signing the Treaty of New Echota of 1835, which ceded the remainder of Cherokee lands in the Southeast to the United States. The chiefs had agreed they could not go to war against the United States on the removal issue, but many wanted to resist for a longer period.

Historical marker

The original structure was a log dogtrot house. Later additions enclosed the dogtrot and added extensions at each side. The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.[2][3]

In 1971 the Major Ridge Home was adapted for use as a historic house museum, known as the "Chieftains Museum". In 2002 the museum was designated an official site on the "Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail." It was renamed as Chieftains Museum / Major Ridge Home. The museum's exhibits focus on Major Ridge and 19th-century Cherokee life and culture.

It is located beside Riverside Park in Rome, Georgia.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Chieftains". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  3. ^ Benjamin Levy (March 5, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: "Chieftains;" Major Ridge House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying three photos, exterior and interior, from 1972 PDF (32 KB)

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