Vann, known as "Rich Joe", was a wealthy Cherokee
whose large plantation at Springplace, Georgia was worked by
hundreds of African slaves. He was a friend of Chief John Ross
and was a frequent delegate to Washington DC on tribal business.
He served as Ross's assistant principal chief at the beginning
of the American Civil War.
Vann House at Springplace,
Georgia was built by James Vann. James Vann was killed
in Forsyth County, Georgia, and buried in same. He was buried
next to Buffingtons Tavern, which he owned, on the Old Federal
Road. The Tavern has now been moved to the Cumming City
house was then
inherited by his son Joseph "Rich Joe" Vann. In 1833,
his mansion was taken by Col. William Bishop of the Georgia
Guard and turned into Georgia Guard headquarters. At the time
of removal, Rich Joe's property valuation showed him as the
second richest man in the Nation.
Web Links Referencing
Vann House State Historical Marker
James Vann House and Marker