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Floyd County Historical Markers


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Chieftains
  • Location: Chieftains Museum, 501 Riverside Parkway, Rome


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 numberous 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 by the Georgia Historical Society and Chieftains Museum, Inc.