Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
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.

  • 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.
   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.

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.

    • 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


Note: Chief Vann House Historic Site has no reservable facilities.
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Mad About Maps
Daily until Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
For the month of February, the Vann House will display our extensive collection of antique and rare maps throughout the Vann mansion. Can you find "Vann Town" on one of the oldest maps in our collection?  $4.75 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Hidden Gem
Introduction to Archery
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 20, 2016 
Every other Saturday. Come learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. Ages 8 and up only, Minors must be accompanied by an adult. All equipment needed is on site. We will have longbows, recurve and compound bows, available.  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
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 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.

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

Chief Vann House Historic Site

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