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I’ve lived in the North Georgia Mountains my entire life and until a few weeks ago have never visited the Chief Vann House historical site. Quickly after arriving on the grounds, I realized that this is a trip I should’ve taken much sooner. This is truly a token of the Georgia State Park System and an intriguing part of Georgia history.
The home, constructed in 1804, was definitely far ahead of its time. It’s one of oldest remaining structures in the northern
third of our great state of Georgia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s really hard to imagine what it would have been like to own such a plantation back in those days.
Once you enter the home you travel back in time to an era without our modern luxuries such as running water, indoor bathrooms or even kitchen facilities. I’m still in awe of the unique design and attention to detail of this home, a mixture of late Federal and early Georgian style architectures. No doubt it was in a class above most homes of its time and was most notably known as the “Showplace of the Cherokee Nation”.
This plantation encompassed over 800 acres and included a blacksmith shop, 42 slave cabins, 6 barns, and a trading post. It was originally owned by James Vann who was known as the wealthiest man of the Cherokee Nation. The site today includes the home along with several replica buildings that would have existed on the grounds originally. The on-site visitor center contains detailed information, displays, and photographs from the earlier years and the home rehabilitation project.
Located on the outskirts of Chatsworth, Georgia at the intersection of Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 225 this State Historic site has wonderful views of the Cohutta Mountains and easy access to many dining and accommodation options. For more information and hours of operation please visit the Georgia State Parks website. For your next visit to the North Georgia Mountains make sure to put this on your to-do list. You won’t be disappointed!