Historic Markers Across Georgia

John Ross Home

Marker ID: GHM 146-12
Location: at historic house on Spring Street two blocks west of US 27 in Rossville
County: Walker
Coordinates: N 34° 58.868    W 085° 17.088
  34.98113897    -85.28479475
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMD9C
John Ross Home Marker  


This comfortable two-story log house was the home of Cherokee Chief John Ross from boyhood until he went west over the ´Trail of Tears,´ losing his Indian wife enroute. Although only one-eighth Indian himself, Ross was the elected ´Principal Chief´ of the Cherokee Nation for 40 years and their advocate for justice for 57 years. He voluntarily chose exile with his people. In the War of 1812, Ross served with a regiment of Cherokees under Gen. Andrew Jackson against the Creek allies of the English. This house was built in 1797 by John McDonald, grandfather of John Ross.


Chief John Ross Grand Lodge of Georgia
John Ross Home