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The Cheif Vann House,
Copyright: - Georgia State Parks
The Cheif Vann House,
Description - 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
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.

Location - 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.


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Filed By: Robert Rawls (Atlanta, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: One of the most beautiful historic homes in Georgia, the preservation of the Vann House is a tribute to the greatness of the Cherokee Nation. Visitors will especially enjoy the superb new museum which recently opened, with its many displays of Cherokee and Vann family artifacts. Try to time your visit with the Vann House Days celebration in July, when everyday aspects of Cherokee and frontier life are re-created, or the candlelit Christmas tours of the home. The dramatic cantilevered stairway, the only one of its kind known to exist, is just one of the many intriguing features of this magnificent home. I've visited the Vann House many times over the years, and have taken friends for tours; they never fail to be amazed by the high level of preservation of the original structure, or the superb Federal-style architectural details. Be sure to take the time to examine the extensive hand-carved wainscoting, crown molding and doorways throughout the home.

Filed By: Megan Spillers
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hi I just wanted to tell you guys that I'm realated to chief vann, he's my great great gradfather, my great grandma's name is esther spillers and that was his daughter i believe please correct me if i'm wrong he could be my great great great grandfather! just a bit of info.


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Contact Information:
Chief Vann House State Historic Site, 82 Georgia Highway 225 North , Chatsworth, GA, 30705, Phone: 706-695-2598, Fax: 706-517-4255
, VannHouse@alltel.net

Additional Information:
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites - There are 54 State Parks in Georgia, located throughout the state. The northern part of the state has the most parks with a high concentration along the coast as well.
Georgia's Historic Sites -
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.

Links:
Georgia State Parks - Official agency website

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