Chief Vann House State Historic Site

Chief Vann House State Historic Site

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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.


  • 137 Acres
  • Visitor Center
  • Gift Shop
  • 6 Picnic Tables
  • Bus Parking

Things To Do & See

  • ½ Mile Nature Trail
  • Guided House Tour
  • Physicians Garden
  • 19th Century Cherokee Farmstead
  • 1920s Bradford Spring House
  • Three-Sisters Garden
  • Map Exhibit Open Through March

View our vast collection of maps from the 1730s to the 1800s that depict the southeastern coast, British Colonies, trade routes, land lots that divided the Cherokee Nation for auction, and more. Maps will be on display through the Vann House itself and our Robert E. Chambers Visitor Center. Thanks to the Ivan Allen Foundation and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society for supporting this exhibit.

2018 Exhibits

  • Historical Maps of the South-East, January – March
  • Cherokee Baskets, April – June
  • Fall into Quilts, October – November

Nearby Attractions


Photo Gallery


Historic Site
Thursday–Sunday 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Last tour at 4:00 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.

Phone Numbers

Historic Site 706-695-2598


82 Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County

GPS Coordinates
N 34.763937 | W -084.822056