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“History made real”

Chief Vann House Historic Site
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Dalton GA
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“History made real”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

You can really understand the plight of the Cherokee tribe when they were forcefully driven from their ancestral home. Lands that had been held by their people for generations that they had graciously shared with the white settlers. One of the real tragedies in the history of our country.

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Lake Elsinore, California
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Happy I could go”
Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Thought I had went here as a child, later found out I didn't. This place was a great place to learn some history in general and even better because it is supposed to be related on my mom's side (my grandfather). Prices are reasonable and staff is nice and informative. Items for sale by museum and also from the Friends of The Vann House.

Visited August 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
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195 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“Historic Indian Home”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Very interesting historic home of Chief Vann of the Cherokee Tribe. The circa 1803 house was very impressive. Everything authentic or period. Georgia DNR tour guide was very knowledgable. Museum was very informative and well done. Worth the time.

Visited August 2013
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Chatsworth, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Who Knew?”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Vann House is definately a must see if you love history. The Cherokee sophistication in the early 1800's is phnominal. Definately see the museum, the film and home which are lovingly maintained primarily by The Friends of the Vann House. Walk the grounds. Visit the buildings and sheds. If you are like my family, read every word and ask questions on the guided tour. Julia will be waiting to explain everything and answer your questions.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Barry M
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“A Well Preserved and Presented History Lesson That You Probably Missed In School”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We thought this would be a 30 minute stop and ended up staying almost two hours. The limited days and hours that this site is now open because of Georgia cut backs requires you to make it a planned destination. You'll come away with an excellent introduction to the story of the Cherokee indians who once lived and prospered in North Georgia along with more bothersome knowledge about the greed and cruelty of the Georgia state legislature during the early 19th century. Ever think about the German holocaust of the 1930's and feel smug, knowing such terrible things could never happen in the United States? Learning about what was done to the Cherokee will teach you differently. The Georgia legislature simply made legal claim to the land that had been given to the Cherokee's by treaty and then sent illegal surveyors into the area to measure it out by grids. They then held a land lottery in which white Georgians could receive free land, and any buildings, crops, etc. that stood there. Never mind that there were Cherokee families already living and farming on these locations. By the stoke of a pen, Georgia's politicians removed any legal right the Cherokees had to their own land. Chief Vann was the wealthiest Cherokee of North Georgia, perhaps the wealthiest of ANY Cherokee. A trader, farmer, merchant, ferry operator, land speculator he was instrumental in bringing in the Federal Road through North Georgia and built the most spectacular house of the region directly by the road where it would be seen. President Monroe once spent the night here. Moravian missionaries opened a school on land Vann provided them next to his plantation to educate Cherokees. The house is fully restored and although the furniture inside is not original, it is from the period. If you are fortunate, you will have "Julia" as your guide (we never caught her last name!). She is a wonder and knows the history of the house, the Vann family and the Cherokee experience backwards and forwards. She escorts you through the house and tells story after story about the Vanns and what happened, including what happened when Georgia militia showed up in the 1830's and told the family there to leave since they no longer had legal ownership under the signed Georgia law. Local missionaries were arrested because they were assisting the Cherokees. All of this led to the well known "Trail of Tears" as thousands of Cherokees, living on land they had lived for generations, were forced by bayonet to leave. They were put into stockades, mini-concentration camps, until set on the path to Indian Territory across the Mississippi. Its a complex story, but this is a place to learn some of the major pieces. Highly recommend.

Visited July 2013
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