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Chieftains Museum & Major Ridge Home

501 Riverside Parkway, Rome, GA 30161


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Adults $10, Students & Seniors $5


Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home was once the former home of Cherokee leader Major Ridge and his family.  Its heritage most significantly encompasses the history and traditions of the Cherokee Indians and the clash of cultures in the southeastern United States that culminated in the tragedy known as the “Trail of Tears.”


  • The museum shares the story of the Cherokee from their beginnings to their forced removal from their land
  • View Cherokee artifacts that were unearthed on the property
  • Designated as a National Historic Landmark and an official site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
  • Special events and programs offered throughout the year
  • Offers educational field trips and tours Learn More


Free parking


Chieftains Musuem garden

Explore the demonstration gardens outside the museum. The garden features trees, shrubs, and  plants native to our area, those used by Native Americans, and those that were grown on the Ridge farm.

Trail of Tears

Visit nearby Historic sites or interpretive facilities on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in Georgia.
View the Trail of Tears Interactive Map

Nearby Attractions

Chieftains Musuem garden