Chief Vann House Historic Site

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Chief Vann House Historic Site


(706) 695-2598

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During the 1790's, 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.

Map of Chief Vann House (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.763900, -84.822289



  • Historic Sites

    The house/visitor center exhibits a short film and artifacts

  • Picnicking

    There are six picnic tables available on the 109 acre grounds.


The historic site is open Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The last tour begins 45 minutes before closing (gates locked) and the site is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.



Located three miles west of Chatsworth at the intersection of Georgia Hwys. 225 and 52-A.

Phone Numbers


(706) 695-2598