Historic High Country / Chatsworth

Chief Vann House State Historic Site

82 Hwy. 225 N.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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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

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

    Seniors (62+) $5.50

    Youth (ages 6-17) $4

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Parking on Site

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History

    Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History

    07/28/2018 - 07/29/2018

    Local craftspeople will demonstrate a variety of 19th century skills such as candle dipping, blacksmithing, weaving, quilting, spinning wool, chair caning, black-powder shooting, and much more. The Vann Mansion, Cherokee Farmstead and museum will be open for self-guided tours.

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  • Christmas by Candlelight

    Christmas by Candlelight

    12/07/2018 - 12/08/2018

    When the Moravians became the first to open a Christian Mission on the Cherokee Nation in 1801, we can speculate that the Vann House became home to the first Christmas celebration on the Cherokee Nation. To celebrate, enjoy a self-guided tour through our historic Cherokee Home with live music and more than 200 candles to light your path. Tour the Cherokee Farmstead and enjoy warm apple cider and Moravian cookies! No reservation necessary. Last tour of the evening is at 8 p.m.

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