Historic High Country / Chatsworth

Chief Vann House Historic Site

82 Highway 225 N.
Chatsworth, GA 30705

706-695-2598
  • Chief Vann House

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  • Chief Van House Bedroom

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  • Chief Van House Museum

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  • Dining room at Christmas

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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

    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

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Ride the (Split) Rails

    Ride the (Split) Rails

    01/24/2015 - 01/24/2015

    Join local FFA members as they help us repair and replace the miles (it seems) of locust rail fencing we have surrounding the Vann plantation. Please make sure to bring work gloves!

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  • Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden

    Chief Vann's Three Sisters Garden

    04/04/2015 - 08/29/2015

    Each Saturday from April to August, volunteers with green thumbs can help plant, maintain, and harvest our traditional Cherokee Three Sisters garden. We'll provide the heirloom plants and seeds if you provide the help! Come harvest time, our volunteer gardeners are welcome to take home whatever they help to grow!

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  • Chief Vann House Days

    Chief Vann House Days

    07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015

    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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  • Chief Vann

    Chief Vann "Open Mansion" and Volunteer Day

    09/26/2015 - 09/26/2015

    As part of "Your State Parks Day," the Chief Vann House will host an "Open Mansion." (But we are so much more than just a house.) After touring the site, volunteers are encouraged to assist staff with various work projects on the grounds of Chief Vann's former plantation. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day with us.

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  • Christmas by Candlelight

    Christmas by Candlelight

    12/11/2015 - 12/12/2015

    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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