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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