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Chief Vann’s historic plantation house, and grounds, serve as a physical connection to present day visitors of the early nineteenth century Cherokee cultural assimilation efforts planned to counter Georgia’s early expansion which ultimately led to the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
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.
- 137 Acres
- Visitor Center
- Gift Shop
- 12 Picnic Tables
- Bus Parking
Things To Do & See
- ½ Mile Nature Trail one-way
- Guided House Tour
- Physicians Garden - seasonal
- 19th Century Cherokee Farmstead
- 1920s Bradford Spring House
- Three-Sisters Garden - seasonal
- Former site of the 19th century Springplace Moravian mission and cemetery
- Vann Kitchen/Workhouse Exhibit
Included with admission, exhibits inside the Vann House.
- Historic Maps of Georgia, March – April: View our legend-ary collection of Georgia land lottery maps and maps of Georgia from the 15th-19th centuries, donated by the Ivan Allen Foundation.
- Handwoven Baskets, May – June: Enjoy our collection of handmade baskets crafted with materials and styles authentic to the Cherokee culture.
- Fall into Quilts, October – November: Settle into fall with our vast collection of handmade quilts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
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