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John Ross House

At the time of the Cherokee Removal in 1838, John Ross was the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Ross lived in a two-story home in present-day Rossville, Walker County, Georgia (five miles south of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee). In 2005, the NPS had an agreement with the John Ross Association, Inc. to document the history of the John Ross House and to provide for its future interpretation. Carey Tilley served as the project’s original historian; in mid-2006, Jeff Bishop succeeded Tilley and completed the report.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgements (pg 3)
Table of Contents (pg 4)
List of Illustrations (pg 5)
An Introduction to the John Ross House Project (pg 80)
Sacred Space (pg 11)
Gertrude McDaris Ruskin, “Princess Chewani” (pg 13)
The Myth of the John Ross House (pg 20)
John McDonald and the Chickamauga (pg 27)
Inheritance: The Rosses, Will Shorey, and the Coodys (pg 57)
The Civil War: Before, During and After (pg 109)
North Georgia’s “Most Historic Home,” Nearly Lost to Oblivion (pg 143)
Rescue and Restoration: The John Ross House Association (pg 162)
The Myth of the John Ross House Re-Examined (pg 184)
The John Ross House Today (pg 192)
“Sacred Space” Revisited (The Power of Place) (pg 227)
References Cited (pg 234)

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