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.
 
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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 34.763937 | W -084.822056

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

Address
82 Ga. Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Murray County
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Phone
706-695-2598

Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden
Daily until Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
Each Saturday from April to August, volunteers with green thumbs can help plant, maintain, and harvest our traditional Cherokee Three Sisters garden... 706-695-2598.
National Trails Day Volunteer Event
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
The 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... 706-695-2598.
Handicapped Accessible Cherokee National Youth Choir
Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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)...  $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
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.
Handicapped Accessible Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
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...  $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
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.
Contacts
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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