In 1839, what’s now known as the Ridge House served as a refuge for Sarah Bird Northrup Ridge and her children, after the assassination of her Cherokee husband, John Ridge.
Fayetteville’s oldest house stands as a post-Trail of Tears Site commemorating the John Ridge family and all those who were forced to leave their homes in the East and travel to Indian Territory over a trail of tears. The log walls of Sarah Ridge’s house, the oldest known house still standing in Fayetteville, are enclosed within the lower floor walls of the current house, which were added in the late 1800s. Portions of the current wall have been cut away so visitors can see the old log structure inside the front foyer of the house.
The Ridge House is at 230 W. Center Street in Fayetteville.