Chief Vann House
Built by mixed-blood trader James Vann, the mansion was the first brick home in the Cherokee Nation and is is one of the best-preserved Cherokee plantation homes.
In commemoration of the 204th year of Chief Vann House and the 50th Anniversary of its restoration, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of the Vann House will sponsor Chief Vann House Days on Saturday, July 26 from 10:00 a.m. ? 4:00 p.m and a 50th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, July 27 from 2:00pm ? 4:00pm. As part of the festivities on Saturday, Cherokee & local craftsmen will demonstrate 19th century pottery, flute making, weaving, basket making, quilting, spinning, rug making, blacksmithing, storytelling, blowgun shooting, woodcarving, and much more. Special guests include Cherokee potter Shirley Oswalt from the Snowbird community in North Carolina and Cherokee flutist Tommy Wildcat from Oklahoma. Regular admission prices will be charges for Saturday. Then Sunday will mark 50 years to the day that the Vann House was first opened as a state historic site. On hand to mark the occasion will be local politicians, historians, and other dignitaries along with Cherokee tribal officials. ADMISSION IS FREE FOR SUNDAY! The Vann House museum will be open both days featuring a short film and interpretive exhibits on the Vann family and the Cherokee Nation. Park rangers will be on hand to provide tours through the Vann House and give information about Cherokee history. Regular admission prices will be charged on Saturday but Sunday is free admission. The Chief Vann House is located three miles west of Chatsworth, Georgia at the intersection of Ga. Highway 52A and 225. For further directions or more information call 706/ 695-2598.
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 more wealthy 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 historic 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.
Cohutta Wilderness Area
34,102 acres provide the outdoor enthusiast with miles of hiking & biking trails to chose from. The wilderness area is known as one of the best areas for recreational & competition mountain biking.
Etowah Indian Mounds
Cartersville, Ga: The 54-acre Etowah Indian Mounds State Park site, which dates about 950 A.D., includes seven mounds, borrow pits, a plaza, part of the original village and a museum.
The mound builders represent Mississippian culture, the last prehistoric cultural development in North America.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness something from this age in time, a rarity in North America.
Fort Mountain Stables
Fort Mountain Stables Horseback Riding Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, Fort Mountain State Park offers 37 miles of beautiful horseback riding trails.Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest close to the Cohutta Wilderness area, Fort Mountain State Park offers 37 miles of beautiful horseback riding trails. Just 5 minutes from our Office, Fort Mountain Stables offer horseback riding adventures 7 days a week for children and adults. To ensure the best riding experience possible, the stables accommodate your preference in horse, time and duration of ride, as well as your horseback riding level. If you own a horse, you may stable it here and ride at will. Enjoy 37 miles of scenic trails of the north Georgia mountains at Fort Mountain State Park. We offer horseback riding adventures 7 days a week for children and adults. To ensure the best riding experience possible, we accommodate your preference in horse, time and duration of ride, and your horseback riding level.
548 Cliff Mine Rd.
Chatsworth, GA 30705
You may contact us by calling 706-517-4906 or by sending an email. Please call Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
This 150 mile trail contains 7 primary attractions noted within these Points of Interest. The Chief Vann House, Chieftains Museum, New Echota, Winman Mineral Museum, Etowah Indian Mounds, The Tate House and Fort Mountain State Park, and The Confederama Hall of History. In Chattanooga, this three-dimensional 480 square foot reproduction of historic terrain is the worlds largest battlefield display of its kind. A must see for civil war buffs.
Carters Lake is the deepest man-made lake east of the Mississippi. It offers over 67 miles of uninhabited shoreline and a marina along with a resort.Drive to the top and marvel at the dam and the natural beauty that surrounds this amazing place.
This Corp of Engineers lake offers site for sightseeing, hiking, picnicking, camping swimming, boating, water skiing and fishing. Approximate driving time is 40 minutes.
Lake Conasuaga is situated atop 3100ft. Grassy Mountain and has picnic facilities. The Songbird management area is a 120-acre tract around the lake featuring a beaver pond and a variety of bird habitats.
Murray County Courthouse
The Doric-styled courthouse was erected in 1816 and is one of only three domed courthouses in the State of Georgia. The Courthouse has been home for various county officials and some still maintain offices in the building. In a controversy during the planning, Murray County Commissioners went to jail for contempt rather than see any interruptions of their plans. The first court session as held in February 1917.
Near the sight of the Spring Place Moravian Mission & Spring. Newly donated to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this sight contains the burial site of people believed to be Moravian Missionaries. Chief James Vann sponsored these missionaries trip to the area in 1801. Their mission was, among other things, to educate the Cherokees. That education included reading, grammer, writing, sacred history, mathematics, geography, weaving and botany. Several Cherokees and slaves are also thought to be buried at this sight.
New Echota State Historic Site
See the only capital of the Cherokee nation established in 1825. Take a ranger-conducted or self-guided tour of re-constructed structures.
Rafting season runs the third weekend in March through the first weekend in November. Experience the thrill of white water rafting in the Blue ridge Mountains.
Fort Mountain State Park
Just 5 minutes from The Overlook Inn and Wilderness View Cabins, Fort Mountain State Park rests on two mountain peaks near the summit of the most prominent peak of the Cohutta Mountain Range at the terminus of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The elevation is just approximately 3000 feet. The park derives its name from an ancient 855-foot-long rock wall which stands on the highest point of the mountain. Situated in the Chattahoochee National Forest, the 3,520-acre park has overlooks, hiking and mountain biking trails, picnicking and a small lake and beach.