Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Chief Vann House Historic Site

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


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



Ride the (Split) Rails
Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 12 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Chief Vann House Historic Site
Join local FFA members as they help us repair and replace the miles (it seems) of locust rail fencing we have surrounding the Vann plantation. Make sure and bring work gloves! 706-695-2598.
Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 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.
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 25, 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" the Chief Vann House will host an "Open Mansion." (But we are so much more than just a house.) After touring the site, volunteers are encouraged to assist staff with various work projects on the grounds of Chief Vann's former plantation... 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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