Chieftains Museum (Major Ridge Home)
|Location||80 Chatillon Rd., Rome, Georgia|
|NRHP Reference #||71000273|
|Added to NRHP||April 7, 1971|
|Designated NHL||November 7, 1973|
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.
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.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Chieftains". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
- Benjamin Levy (March 5, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: "Chieftains;" Major Ridge House" (pdf). National Park Service. and PDF (32 KB)
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