Major Ridge Home and Chieftains Museum
Museum and historic home of the Cherokee leader Major Ridge. Ridge is best remembered for his role negotiating and signing the controversial Treaty of New Echota of 1835. Ridge believed that this treaty, which ceded the remainder of Cherokee lands in the Southeast, was the best offer the tribe could expect. Other Cherokee leaders such as John Ross opposed the treaty and attempted to remain on their land but were later forcibly removed by the U.S. military.