July 25, 2011
The Sarah Bird Northup Ridge House, located in Fayetteville (Washington County), was originally constructed as a dogtrot cabin in about 1836 and is the oldest house standing in Fayetteville. Sarah Ridge occupied the house in 1839 after fleeing Indian Territory upon the assassination of her Cherokee husband, who had been involved in unpopular treaty negotiations. She occupied the house until 1844, and members of the Ridge family lived there until 1859. The house is an unofficial Trail of Tears landmark and is owned by the Washington County Historical Society.