NOTICE: Chief Vann House is open Thursday-Saturday only.
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.
Chief Vann House State Historic Site Business Plan
Thursday–Saturday / 9AM–5PM
Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing (gates locked).
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Historic Site Admission:
- $6.00 Adults
- $5.50 Seniors (62+)
- $4.00 Youth (6-17)
Group rates available with advance notice.
Picnic area and bus parking available.
• 137 Acres
• Guided House Tour
• Visitor Center (film, exhibits and artifacts)
• Gift Shop
• 1/2-Mile Nature Trail
• 6 Picnic Tables
• Bus Parking
- Teacher's Resource for Touring Historic Sites
- Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns