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the major ridge home is now the chieftains museum. major ridge (1771-1839) was a plantation owner and was part cherokee and part scottish. ridge was named a major when he fought with general andrew jackson in the creek wars. in 1835 he signed the treaty of new echota which traded cherokee tribal lands east of the mississippi for land in oklahoma. this treaty led to the imfamous "trail of tears". because of the hardships of the cherokee removal to oklahoma ridge and his son were assassinated by fellow cherokees in 1839. the chieftains museum is a very interesting place to learn about cherokee history and the "trail of tears".
the chieftians museum is located northeast of rome at 501 riverside parkway n.e. to get to riverside parkway take US 27 north from downtown and look for the signs.
Updated Jul 5, 2009
Favorite thing: Visit St. Mary's. I was baptized there. It still stands, I think.
Fondest memory: I played with puppies last time. That was fun. It might have been even more fun if I hadn't nearly toppled over in my wheelchair! I think my mother grabbed one of the handles. It scared both of us, but everything turned out okay.
Written Oct 4, 2002