Written by Elizabeth Davis. Posted in News & Weather

The Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home has spent the early part of this year celebrating the 200th anniversary of when Major Ridge came to the site now known as Chieftains.  Heather Shores, Executive Director, enthuses that this celebration will continue throughout 2019 with events and offerings for which museum members are granted special access, including an exhibition of Cherokee portraits that is on display through this Thursday in addition to a  new archaeology dig this summer. 

The traveling exhibition “Of Influence:  Portraits of Cherokee People” is on loan from the Oklahoma History Center and has been on display at Chieftains since mid-January.  Shores encourages the public to check out this exhibition, which features portraits of people of influence within the Cherokee tribe from 1845 to the 1960s. 

The museum will host the 6th annual Floyd County Seed Swap this Saturday; that will also be Family Free Day at Chieftains. 

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is a National Historic Landmark and one of few private entities certified by the National Park Service on the Trail of Tears.  It is open every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.  For more information, contact the museum by telephone at (706) 291-9494 or visit their website at

Major Ridge is remembered in the history books as a signer of the Treaty of New Echota, which led to the forced relocation of the Cherokee people. 

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