Georgia's Chief Vann House by Patricia Montgomery

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James Vann, Cherokee Indian leader and wealthy businessman, established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres in northwest Georgia.

Located in northwest Georgia near Chatsworth, the Vann House is one of Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian homes. The Vann House is one of Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee Indian homes. The house features antique furniture, hand carved woodwork, a 12-foot mantle, and an amazing “floating” staircase.

This 2½-story brick home was the most elegant in the Cherokee Nation. When Vann was tragically murdered in 1809, his son, Joseph, took over leadership of the Cherokee nation and inherited his father’s property.

The 1830s was a shameful time in Georgia’s history when state/federal troups forced almost the entire Cherokee Nation to forfeit all of their property and then move west to Oklahoma. Many walked on foot and lost their lives on that trek known as the Trail of Tears. The Vann family lost their elegant home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma.

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  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 6 years ago

    Very interesting story.

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    wonderful property, beautifully kept. Nice Memorial to a wonderful tribe of peoples. hugsxxx

  • Squealia
    Squealiaover 6 years ago

    Wonderful house and grounds

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Beautiful very nice with the fence line !

  • skyhorse
    skyhorseover 6 years ago

    People are generally unaware of the fact many Native Americans forced on to reservations were not just savages, but this really drives the point home – wonderful photo & history Patircia!

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 6 years ago

    wow..would love to go in there..

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 6 years ago

    Wonderful composition, Patricia, and a very poignant history. Agnes xx

  • ladiluck
    ladiluckover 6 years ago

    great capture….thanks for the interesting story as well!!

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 6 years ago

    Great perspective with the fence leading us into the image,lovely work

  • SueAnne
    SueAnneabout 6 years ago

    Pat this is just georgous, and as always great history too

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