The Georgia Trust

2011 PLACES IN PERIL: JOHN ROSS HOUSE

The Story: The John Ross House is the oldest surviving structure in northwest Georgia and the metropolitan Chattanooga area. Built in 1797 by trader John McDonald, the building was a major stop for traders and settlers.  The 18th century log cabin offers researchers a plethora of physical data on 18th century American frontier construction. McDonald’s grandson, Chief John Ross, grew up in the house and later became the leader of the Cherokee Nation until his death in 1866. Ross twice represented the Cherokee Nation before the Federal Supreme Court.

The Threat: Settling of the building has been compromising the construction of the late 18th century building. The Chief John Ross House Association maintains the structure and recently re-roofed the building with appropriate wood shingles. The association has an aging membership, and due to its location, has no local preservation support.

 

 

 

 


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