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Chief Vann House Historic Site

Historic Site 706-695-2598

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During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County. In 1804 he completed construction of a beautiful 2 ½-story brick home that was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. After Vann was murdered in 1809, his son Joseph inherited the mansion and plantation. Joseph was also a Cherokee leader and became even more wealthy than his father.

In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west by state and federal troops on the infamous Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma. Today the Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the house which features beautiful hand carvings, a remarkable “floating” staircase, a 12-foot mantle and fine antiques.

HIDDEN GEMS: Fall Into Quilts & Burn On The Staircase
View our curated collection of handmade quilts from the early 19th and 20th centuries. During October and November only, visitors can also see one of the earliest slave-made quilts in Georgia, a delicate artifact rarely on display.
See burn scars left on the staircase when the Georgia militia tried to smoke Joseph Vann from his home in 1835.

Historic Site Hours:

Thursday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Last tour at 4:15 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day.

Historic Site Admission:

- Adults (18–61): $6.50
- Seniors (62+): $6.00
- Youth (6–17): $5.50
Group rates available with advance notice.


• 137 Acres
• Guided House Tour
• Visitor Center
• Gift Shop
• ½-Mile Nature Trail
• 6 Picnic Tables
• Bus Parking

Nearby Attractions:

• Chickamauga National Battlefield
• Chieftans Trail
Cloudland Canyon State Park (camping/cottages)
• Funk Heritage Center
Fort Mountain State Park (camping/cottages)
New Echota State Cherokee Capital
• Old Federal Road Driving Tour
• Red Clay State Historical Area
• Southern Highroads Trail
• Springplace Moravian Cemetery
• Trail of Tears Highway

Chief Vann House Historic Site Business Plan

Teacher's Resources for Touring Historic Sites

Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns

Note: Chief Vann House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Physician's Garden
Sunday, May 29, 2016 to Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11 AM to 3:30 PM
Get Out & Get Dirty in the new Medicine Garden at the Chief Vann House Historic Site. Discover how the Vann Family, Cherokee, Moravian Missionaries and the Slaves of the Chief Vann family grew & used medicinal plants. Dates - Sunday, May 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th, 2016 Times: 11:00am to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 3:30pm $5 parking. 706-695-2598.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, soap making, woodcarving, chair caning, and much more. Several activities will be set up for children including shooting a Cherokee blowgun and making their own butter.  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Your State Parks Day - Ride the (Split) Rails
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM to 1 PM
Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site & park on this special day. Join local FFA members as they help repair and replace the miles (it seems) of rail fencing we have surrounding the Vann plantation. Special afternoon tours for volunteers provided. Pack a lunch & make sure to bring work gloves!  Free for Volunteers. 706-695-2598.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 until Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes.  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.763937 | W -084.822056

Located 3 miles west of Chatsworth at the intersection of Highways 225 and 52-A.

Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705 View Details

Chief Vann House Historic Site

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