390 Dodd Boulevard SE
Rome, GA 30161
Phone: (706) 234-0014
Fax: (706) 234-0720
Arts & Museums
Chieftains Museum, or Major Ridge Home is a historic home located in Rome, Georgia. The two story structure was built in 1792 for Major Ridge, a Cherokee leader, in what was Cherokee country in those days. Now in use as a local history house museum, it features artifacts and exhibits relating to the local Cherokee culture and traditions. The museum is also a significant part of the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum was the home of Martha Berry, who was one of the founders of the Berry College. The Oak Hill is a charming farmhouse spread over 170 acres (68 hectares) of land. Now functioning as a museum, its collection includes paintings as well as portraits of renowned people. There is a gift shop available as well. This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Bartow County Courthouse is an Italianate style structure. It was later turned into a museum called Bartow History Museum. On display are artifacts, photographs, documents and memorabilia that offer a glimpse of the Civil War times. It also provides several educational programs for kids. This building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site was the largest gathering place of Mississippian Indians between 1000 and 1550 CE. The largest mound is three acres (one hectare) in diameter and 63 feet (20 meters) tall, and is thought to have housed the chief's platform. The five other mounds are much smaller, and served primarily as burial sites. Archeological digs have excavated much of the remains, which are on display in a small museum, which also houses exhibits on the area's history.
An initiative to preserve and promote the work of Howard Finster, the Paradise Gardens is a sort of museum. The place helps visitors revisit the time of Finster through his art of folk music. The venue also conducts a Finster Fest which is a folk art and music festival, to further Finster's contribution to art.