Chief Vann House Historic Site

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Chief Vann House Historic Site

Chief Vann House Historic Site
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
During the 1790s, James Vann became a Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman. He established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County. In 1804 he completed construction of a beautiful 2 ½ story brick home that was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. After Vann was murdered in 1809, his son Joseph inherited the mansion and plantation. Joseph was also a Cherokee leader and became even more wealthy than his father. In the 1830s almost the entire Cherokee Nation was forced west by state and federal troops on the infamous Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma. Today the Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the house which features beautiful hand carvings, a remarkable “floating” staircase, a 12-foot mantle and fine antiques.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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trojan77
Gainesville, GA365 contributions
Great for history buffs
Sep 2021
My husband and I are history buffs and appreciate a tour led by a good tour guide. The ranger who led our tour made the house come alive for us by telling us the history of the people who lived there and the house itself. She was very personable and knowledgeable. The mannequins used were awesome and lifelike. Don't believe the house would be feasible for wheelchairs but the grounds would be fine. The 1/16th Cherokee in me loves to hear about the history of the Cherokees even if alot is tragic and sad.
Written September 5, 2021
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christienrandy
Soddy Daisy, TN237 contributions
Educational stop!
Oct 2020 • Family
My daughter and I stopped here on our way to Ellijay. The tours have been shortened to 30 minutes due to Covid but it was still informative and fun to walk through the house. I liked being able to take pictures inside. There is nothing original inside, so it is allowed. They have a few original things in the museum from the Vann family. The grounds are well kept and the history was interesting. Glad we stopped by.
Written October 18, 2020
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Frances M
2 contributions
Good fall day trip.
Oct 2020
Had a great tour of this historic site with Amber. She answered all our questions and wore a face mask through out, which made us feel safe. It’s a great place to visit on a beautiful fall day. Lunch and shopping in Elijay.
Written October 8, 2020
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Steve Ack
Helen, GA13 contributions
Avoid spring house trail
Jun 2020 • Couples
Should be called poison ivy trail. Terrible. Not for small children or anyone in shorts or low socks.
Written June 11, 2020
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We are so sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. The trail is unfortunately still very new, only completed in November. So we are still battling plants such as poison ivy. Since your visit, the trail has been weed-whacked twice and poisoned once. But the threat is real, and we apologize for not being able to keep up with it better. Poison ivy is vine native to North America, and it is simply to difficult to completely eradicate it. Even on well established trails at older parks, the ivy threatens to creep in every year. Its something we are working on every month, but in between weed-whacking days the poison ivy grows fast. We will continue to try and improve the trail and we certainly do not take the poison ivy lightly.
Written July 13, 2020
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ParisNanni
4 contributions
Interesting
Jul 2019 • Couples
Came across the Chief Vann House while on vacation. The history of this site and the tour were so informative and interesting. A little known piece of history!
Written September 15, 2019
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Thanks for visiting, we are glad we could enhance your vacation.
Written November 24, 2019
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Rich K
11 contributions
Very educational
Jun 2019
An important part of our history that demonstrates what whiskey, greed and racism can breed. The house and grounds are not all authentic but the restorations and reproductions are as close as one could possibly expect. Iriana(sp?) was an awesome interpreter. She had knowledge and a passion for her tour guiding. We will try to get back for the candlelight tours in December. We hope Iriana is our tour guide!
Written June 23, 2019
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Rich, thank you so much for your kind words! We appreciate your visit and we certainly hope to see you for Christmas. We do not have hourly guides for Candlelight Tours, its more free-flowing with a volunteer in every corner of the house to help answer your questions. Thank you!
Written August 7, 2019
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TBMutiny
Woodstock, GA187 contributions
Wow! Such a unique house
Jun 2019
This is a unique place of Georgia history that is part of the larger history of the Cherokee removal from the US southeast. The house, grounds and furnishing revile what one could find in Charleston, SC or Savannah but yet this house is located in a very rural part of the state.
Our tour guide, David, was fantastic and shared his knowledge about the Vann family and sounding area.
This house is amazing!
Written June 22, 2019
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Thank you for your feedback, TB. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour here, we take a lot of pride in our heritage. Come see us anytime!
Written July 10, 2019
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Jayjay099
Cartersville, GA548 contributions
Going To Make A BIG Statement
May 2019 • Couples
What I’m going to say might surprise some people😮but here I go! The Chief Vann House State Park was better than most similar National Parks we have attended. State Park Ranger Josh was AWESOME! Great information:) not in a hurry to get us through the tour:) took time afterwards to talk one on one with us:) Loved the grounds:) Visitors center was well done:) And the home, breathtaking:) Still scratching my head on that floating staircase😮
Written May 17, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are honored to rival the National Parks system! Josh is fantastic, all of our staff is committed to an accurate portrayal of history and to helping our guests better understand the history of our site. Come see us again!
Written May 24, 2019
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cwh55chevy
10 contributions
Chief Vann House Chatsworth, Georgia
Aug 2018 • Family
Beautiful historical site with lots of history about the Indians in this area.The grounds are beautiful and well kept.
Written January 15, 2019
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We truly appreciate your patronage! we do our best to preserve whats left of the Vann's 800 acres, and take pride in the research we do to improve the tours. Come see us again!
Written May 24, 2019
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rwilliams2911
Cleveland, TN633 contributions
We loved our visit
Dec 2018 • Friends
The history was interesting. It is both shocking and sobering to read the details about slavery. There was a little girl in the main house children's bedroom who told us about the children's rooms. She explained about tightening the ropes on the beds and how the saying, "Sleep tight; don't let the bed bugs bite," referred to the ropes and the straw mattresses. The buildings and exhibits have been beautifully restored.
Written December 11, 2018
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You must have joined us for our Candlelight Tours, we're so glad you did. Its a lovely time of year to see the Vann House in such a glowing atmosphere. The volunteers your speaking of our truly devoted to the Vann House and we are blessed to have them. Many of our volunteers have served here for decades, and we love the work they do. Come see us again!
Written May 24, 2019
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Chief Vann House Historic Site is open:
  • Thu - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM