Orchard Dedication

Date(s) – Feb 20 2015
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will host a dedication ceremony for a new Cherokee Remembrance Orchard at 2pm on Friday, February 20th on the museum grounds at 501 Riverside Parkway in Rome.

The Cherokee Remembrance Orchard is one of the new initiatives for the museum to create a learning experience for visitors both inside and outside of the historic house, a National Historic Landmark that was occupied by Cherokee leader Major Ridge from 1819-1837. “It is important for our visitors to understand that the land was sacred to the Cherokee people, and the museum campus today provides us with an opportunity to further educate the public on Cherokee history and the lifestyle of Major Ridge and his family in the early 19th century,” states Executive Director Heather Shores. While on the property, Major Ridge owned and operated a plantation that included over a thousand fruit trees.

The dedication ceremony is co-sponsored by Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful as part of the community’s Georgia Arbor Day observance. The City of Rome has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” for 25 years, a designation awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to cities that show exemplary dedication to healthy community forestry programs. Mary Hardin Thornton, Director of Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, will participate in the dedication of the orchard at Chieftains, which continues the community’s tradition of good stewardship of our natural environment.

The museum plans to create more natural learning spaces on the campus in the future, including gardens of native Cherokee plants, and is accepting donations for these projects. Chieftains Museum also hosts an annual Herb & Plant Sale at the Floyd County Fairgrounds that helps fund projects and programs for the museum. This year’s sale is scheduled for April 11-12, 2015.

The ceremony at 2pm on February 20th is free and open to the public. Free tours of the museum will be given to all participants at the event.

For more information on the dedication or the museum, call (706) 291-9494 or visit www.chieftainsmuseum.org.
For more information on Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful and other Georgia Arbor Day events in Rome, call (706) 236-2495 or visit www.romefloyd.com.

Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is a special project of the Junior Service League of Rome. For more information on the Junior Service League, visit www.jslofrome.com.