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Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Georgia Highway 225 North
Chatsworth, Georgia 30705
Voice: 706-695-2598

Called the “Showplace of the Cherokee Nation,” this two-story classic mansion is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes. Built by James Vann in 1804, it was the first brick home within the Cherokee Nation. The mansion is decorated with beautiful hand carvings and features a remarkable “floating” staircase along with many fine antiques.

“Feared by many and loved by few,” Vann was both a hero and a rogue, and he was responsible for bringing the Moravian missionaries into the Cherokee Nation to build schools. Yet, he killed his brother-in-law in a duel, fired a pistol at dinner guests through the floor of an upstairs bedroom, and once even shot at his own mother. Vann himself was shot and killed at a local tavern in 1809.

His son, Joseph, inherited the home and went on to become a Cherokee statesman. The Georgia Militia evicted “Rich Joe” Vann in 1835 for having unknowingly violated a new law making it illegal for Indians to hire whites. Joseph then settled in the Cherokee Territory in Oklahoma and lived there until his death from a steamboat explosion in 1844.



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