Chief Vann House

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 wealthier 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 historical 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.

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Latitude: 34.763937 Longitude: -84.822056 Elevation: 714 ft
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Hours Open

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Last tour begins 45 minutes before closing (gates locked). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Time Period Represented

Early 1800's prior to the Cherokee Removal in the 1830's

Seasons Open


Visitor Fees

$3.50 - $5.00; group rates available

ADA Accessibility Notes

Museum and grounds are ADA accessible.  Historic buildings are not.

How to Get There

From I-75, Exit 333, in Dalton, go east on GA Hwy 52 to Alt Hwy. 52, turn right.  Continue to the intersection of Alt. 52 and Hwy. 225 at the 4-way stop.  Turn left onto Hwy. 225; Vann House is immediately on the right.


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David Liddell Vann , 12/9/2016

Hi David Did you ever hear the name Minerve Vann mother of John Vann son of Joseph Springton Vann? Oklahoma 77

Mary Johnson , 4/4/2018

My name is Gregory Vann. I was told that James Vann was my great grandfather. I really would like to find out more information.

Gregory Vann, 4/15/2018

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