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Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth

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The Chief Vann House is the first brick residence in the Cherokee Nation, and has been called the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation". Owned by the Cherokee Chief James Vann, the Vann House is a Georgia Historic Site on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the oldest remaining structures in the northern third of the state of Georgia. It is located in Murray County, on the outskirts of Chatsworth in northwest Georgia, which has a commanding view of the land around it and of the Cohutta Mountains, about 10mi to the east.Construction of the Vann HouseWhen James Vann was rising to become the wealthiest businessman in the Cherokee Nation as well as a chief, he decided to build a two-story brick house which would reflect his status. He brought in professional architects for its design. In addition to providing an education to local Cherokees, the Moravians contributed to the building.In July 1803, a man named Vogt (perhaps James Vann’s brother in-law Charles Vogt), and Dr. Henry Chandlee Forman, arrived to begin construction. Work began in late 1803 and the house was completed early in 1804. Both the exterior walls (which are around eighteen inches thick) and the interior walls (around eight inches thick) are solid brick. These bricks came from the red clay located on the Spring Place Plantation (Vann House) property. Handwrought nails and hinges came from Vann's own blacksmith shop. Only the interior walls of the third floor are plaster on wood.
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  • For the casual traveler or the history buff like myself, the Vann house is a must visit for everyone traveling in the area. A fine example of early 1800's architecture and the mixing of the Cherokee a...  more »
  • Beautiful brick plantation house. This place is full of history. Great place to learn how live was before electricity, running water, and other thing we now take for granted  more »
  • Most enjoyable. The exhibits, film, and tour were very informative. The ranger on duty for our visit possessed a wealth of knowledge and shared it with us enthusiastically.  more »
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  • Very educational experience about cherokee heritage, you can tour the vann house, 15 min educational video regarding the vann house. All employees very informative and helpful.
  • Fascinating history. Super rich half Cherokee half Scotish slave owner betrayed by US Gov't. In the trail of tears.
  • Wonderful place to visit! Our whole family enjoyed the tour. The best part was having the ability to move about the house and grounds freely. Great experience for all.
  • Beautiful location and awesome tour guides. Surprisingly good!
  • Great historic site. They are adding more things (like old corn crib) and things when possible. Nice small museum inside the welcome center. Very friendly and informed staff.