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Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth

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4.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • The tour was very informative and the museum piece is very informative. I learned a lot about Cherokee culture prior to the Trail of Tears. I also learned much about my ancestors, the Vanns. 
  • We enjoyed seeing the Chief Vann House and learning about the unique history here. They have done a very nice job with the house considering all that happened to it. When we arrived, the ranger told u...  read more »
  • Decided to visit, since we've never been, and it was very nice. Price was reasonable, around $6.50 for adults, as I recall. We had a pass from the library system and got four admissions for free. The ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The history and atmosphere is simply breathtaking! You can learn so much here! And don't forget to Geocache while you're visiting!
  • Neat stop. Not the most interesting or exciting place but it is a good place to check out once.
  • Small museum but well worth the drive. Museum has exhibits and a film then there are guided tours of the Vann home. The grounds included several authentic Cherokee cabins and an exhibit on the slaves who were once owned by the Vann family. Well researched and informative, would highly recommend.
  • As a kid I remember going on field trips here and never really appreciated the history behind what was here in my hometown. I have since visited this local historic site as an adult and can appreciate the history behind it. The people that work there are extremely nice and informative.
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