Historic High Country / Chatsworth

Chief Vann House Historic Site

82 Highway 225 N.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

  • Chief Vann House

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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  • Chief Van House Bedroom

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  • Dining room at Christmas

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Called the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation," this two-story classic mansion is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes. Built by James Vann in 1804, it was the first brick home within the Cherokee Nation. The mansion is decorated with beautiful hand carvings and features a remarkable floating staircase along with many fine antiques.

Feared by many and loved by few, Vann was both a hero and a rogue, and he was responsible for bringing the Moravian missionaries into the Cherokee Nation to build schools. Yet, he killed his brother-in-law in a duel, fired a pistol at dinner guests through the floor of an upstairs bedroom, and once even shot at his own mother. Vann himself was shot and killed at a local tavern in 1809. His son, Joseph, inherited the home and went on to become a Cherokee statesman. The Georgia Militia evicted Rich Joe Vann in 1835 for having unknowingly violated a new law making it illegal for Indians to hire whites.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Adults $6.00

    Group rates available with advance notice. Call 706-695-2598

    Seniors (62+) $5.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking on Site

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Chief Vann House Days

    Chief Vann House Days

    07/23/2016 - 07/23/2016

    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.

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  • Your State Parks Day - Ride the (Split) Rails

    Your State Parks Day - Ride the (Split) Rails

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Volunteers around the country will be helping to improve their favorite historic site and park on this special day. Join local FFA members as they help repair and replace the miles (it seems) of rail fencing we have surrounding the Vann plantation. Special afternoon tours for volunteers will be provided. Pack a lunch and make sure to bring work gloves!

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  • Christmas by Candlelight

    Christmas by Candlelight

    12/09/2016 - 12/10/2016

    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. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America's best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes.

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