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Chief Vann House Historic Site
Historic Site 706-695-2598



Open Thursday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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


Hours: Thursday–Sunday / 9AM–5PM
Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing (gates locked).
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
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Historic Site Admission:
- $6.50 Adults
- $6.00 Seniors (62+)
- $5.50 Youth (6-17)
Group rates available with advance notice.
Picnic area and bus parking available.


FACILITIES:
    • 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


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Note: Chief Vann House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Events
Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden
Daily until Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Each Saturday from April to August, volunteers with green thumbs can help plant, maintain, and harvest our traditional Cherokee Three Sisters garden. We'll provide the heirloom plants & seeds if you provide the help! Come harvest time, our volunteer gardeners are welcome to take home whatever they help to grow! 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Beginning Basket Weaving
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Learn the basics of basket weaving in this fun and unique class. Perfect for a first time project students will learn how to make a napkin basket with basic weaving techniques. Attendees can learn a new skill, experience an age-old tradition and create something uniquely theirs. Materials are provided but space is limited so call to reserve a spot.  $30. 706-695-2598.
National Trails Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThe Chief Vann House is a certified site along on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. In observance of National Trails Day, volunteers can help spruce up the site along Vann's Spring Interpretive Trail. Come enjoy the beauty of our spring house ruins & wetlands habitat while learning about this chapter in Cherokee & American history. 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Cherokee National Youth Choir
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
The Cherokee National Youth Choir will perform traditional songs in the Cherokee language on the steps of the Chief Vann House. The choir is made up of young people from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. They have won numerous awards, including a Nammy (the Native American Music Award). Bring a folding chair and enjoy traditional Cherokee hymns.  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 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.
Handicapped Accessible Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
As part of "Your State Parks Day," Chief Vann House will host a volunteer day to assist with cleaning Cherokee structures (including the house itself), taking artifact inventory, and sprucing the grounds in preparation for winter. Afterward, volunteers will get a free VIP guided tour of the plantation.  $5.50 - $6.50; free for volunteers. 706-695-2598.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 11, 2015 until Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 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.
Address/Directions
Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Ga. Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County

Mailing Address
82 Ga. Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.763937 | W -084.822056

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

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


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Chief Vann House Historic Site


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