- Called the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation," this two-story classic brick mansion was built by Chief James Vann in 1804. Decorated with beautiful Cherokee hand carvings done in natural hues of blue, red, green and yellow, the home features a cantilevered stairway and many fine antiques. Although Vann was "feared by many and loved by few," he contributed more to the education of Cherokee leaders than anyone else. He was responsible for bringing the Moravian missionaries to his people
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The Cheif Vann House,
to teach children, and he believed Christian civilization was a means of progress for the Cherokee. He was killed in 1809 for having shot his brother-in-law during a duel the previous year. Vann's young son, Joseph, inherited the house and his father's various businesses. The Vann House passed out of the family's hands when "Rich Joe" Vann unknowingly violated state law by hiring a white man to work for him. The government seized his properties, and the house was awarded to a white land lottery winner in 1834.
Recreation - The main activity at this park is touring Chief Vann's house. There are not any outdoor activities provided at this historic site.
Climate - The climate in northern Georgia is generally temperate. Short, cool winters give relief from hot summers. Most visitors enjoy this area during long, mild fall and spring seasons.
Chief Van House State Historic Site is located in the Highland region of northwestern Georgia on the outskirts of the town of Chatsworth at the intersection of Georgia Hwys. 225 and 52-A.