Chief Vann House Historic Site, Chatsworth

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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  • This is a place you should go to if your in the area. Its like stepping back in time. Went here on a school trip with my daughter. LOVED it. All schools should come here.  more »
  • The Chief Vann House is a reflection of the James Vann, who became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman while establishing one of the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee...  more »
  • I have visited this place while in school and after. Very good example of an old manor house. Includes detached kitchen and local relics from families.  more »
  • 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.

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