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

Vann Family Trail of Tears Starting Point
Friday Every Week from Feb 12, 2016 until Dec. 30, 2016 9 AM - 5 PM

Mad About Maps
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 9 AM - 5 PM

Home School Day in Honor of Chief Joseph Vann's 218th Birthday
Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 11 AM - 2 PM

Introduction to Archery
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM - 4 PM

Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 10 AM - 4 PM

Your State Parks Day - Ride the (Split) Rails
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 10 AM - 1 PM

Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM - 9 PM

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.

(706) 695-2598

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