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“Little known history of the Cherokee”

Chief Vann House Historic Site
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 April 2014

The Chief Vann home is an excellent place to visit. Relatively low admission fee and you will learn a lot about how the Cherokee lived before the great removal. There is a short film to give you a good overview, a small museum, and guided tour of the house. Grounds can be explored on your own before or after the house tour. I have visited many historic homes but was surprised and impressed with this one. It has a great story to tell and is one of the more uniquely constructed places I have seen. The guide even stated that it would be safer inside the house during a tornado than the more recently constructed visitor center.

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I never knew the Cherokee lived this way until my recent visit to this Georgia Historic site. You hear Indians and you think teepees, and long houses, not brick and mortar homes or even stick build wood frames homes. But the Cherokee did adapt a European way of life in the early 1800's and Chief Vann took that further as a business man. The property is in amazing shape and my park ranger guide of the house was very knowledgable, even passed on a tidbit about my Friends of GA State Parks membership I did not know. Yes because of state cut backs this needs to be a destination visit, as they are only open Thur. thru Sat.

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Reviewed 16 November 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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Reviewed 3 September 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.

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Reviewed 25 August 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.

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