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March 3, 2020

Chieftains Museum hosts free day with Seed Swap

The Seventh Annual Floyd County Seed Swap at the Chieftains Museum will be in conjunction with a family free day at 11 a.m. Saturday (March 7.)

The seed swap is an informal event co-sponsored by the museum along with the Berry College Department of Environmental Science and Studies, Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful, Davies Homeless Shelters, the Rome Federated Garden Clubs and Rome Master Gardeners. The purpose of the seed swap is to encourage the production and protection of heirloom seeds and plant varieties that are at risk of being lost in order to provide a sustainable and diverse landscape in our community.

The Major Ridge Home was transformed into Chieftains Museum in 1971 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Seed saving was particularly important to Cherokees like Major Ridge in order to sustain his family through the winter months and provide crops for the spring and summer. 

Brian Campbell, Berry College Chairman of the Department of Environmental Science and Studies, will speak on seed saving basics. After the presentation, garden enthusiasts can share or trade seeds, cuttings, bulbs and plants with other members of the community at the museum until 2 p.m. Seeds or plants are not required to attend. 

For those interested in seeing what the seed swap and the museum (also known as the Major Ridge Home) are all about, the museum is offering free admission for the entire day. For more information on the seed swap, family free day and other upcoming events, contact the museum at (706) 291-9494 or visit the museum’s website at


Written by Public Relations

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