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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

Upcoming Events
Ride the (Split) Rails
Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 12 PM to 3 PM
Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 until Saturday, Aug 29, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Chief Vann House Days
Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10 AM to 4 PM
Handicapped Accessible Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 10 AM to 2 PM

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