Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Chief Vann House Historic Site

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


GPS Coordinates:
N 34.763937 | W -084.822056

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

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

Chief Vann House Historic Site



Mad About Maps
Daily until Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 9 AM to 5 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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
Food Preservation and Sustainable Living with DIY Vinegar
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 12 PM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
Like many self-sustaining country families, the Vann's had to make a lot of products at home, including vinegar for aid in canning, medicine, and cleaning. At the Vann House we're learning about their skills and making vinegar for ourselves...  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible
Introduction to Archery Family
Saturday 1 PM - 4 PM – Feb 6, 2016 until Feb 20, 2016 
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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.
Tea Time at the Vann House
Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
Have tea the Vann House way. We’ve set up tea and coffee how we know the Vann Family and residents served and drank it here in the early 19th century. You’re invited to enjoy a beverage and a cookie to learn a unique piece of Chief Vann House history. Email questions to  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible
Home School Day in Honor of Chief Joseph Vann's 218th Birthday
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 11 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
We invite homeschooling families to a guided tour of the beautiful Vann House and learn about the life of its most famous resident. We’ll continue by crafting our own blow dart and learning about the Vann's food preservation techniques. Then we’ll follow in their footsteps with DIY vinegar...  $5.50-$6.50 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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.
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 until Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 9 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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...  $5.50 - $6.50 706-695-2598.
Mr. Jeff Stancil
706-695-2598  Site Superintendant, Chief Vann House Historic Site

Julia N. Autry
706-695-2598  Chief Vann House

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