Step back in time to the early 1800s and visit Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee home. The home was built by James Vann, a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. James was the son of a Scotch trader and a Cherokee chieftain’s daughter. James’ son Joseph ‘Rich Joe’ Vann inherited the estate after James was killed for murdering his brother-in-law. Chief Vann’s historic plantation house and grounds are located in Chatsworth. The Vann family was expelled from their home in 1834 when the Cherokee Nation was forced west on the Trail of Tears.
A tempting prize to white men, the Vann House was the scene of a bloody battle between rival claimants in 1834. – Georgia Historical Commission
The deteriorating home was purchased in 1952 and deeded to the Georgia Historical Commission. It now stands as a “monument to the culture of the Cherokees”. A guided tour allows visitors to see the two-story mansion, which features beautiful hand carvings, a floating staircase and many fine antiques.
Seasonal exhibits featuring handwoven baskets and handmade quilts are held throughout the year.
⏰ HOURS: Thursday- Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 a.m.- 5 p.m. December- March closed on Sundays
? ADMISSION: $5.50 Children $6.50 Adults $6 Seniors
? PHONE: 706-695-2598
? ADDRESS: 82 Hwy. 225 N., Chatsworth, GA 30705
? Pets are allowed on the outdoor nature trail but not inside the museum.