Called the Showplace of the Cherokee Nation, this
two-story classic mansion is one of the best-preserved Cherokee
plantation homes. Built by James Vann in 1804, it was the first
brick home within the Cherokee Nation. The mansion is decorated
with beautiful hand carvings and features a remarkable floating
staircase along with many fine antiques.
Feared by many and loved by few, Vann was both
a hero and a rogue, and he was responsible for bringing the
Moravian missionaries into the Cherokee Nation to build schools.
Yet, he killed his brother-in-law in a duel, fired a pistol
at dinner guests through the floor of an upstairs bedroom, and
once even shot at his own mother. Vann himself was shot and
killed at a local tavern in 1809.
His son, Joseph, inherited the home and went on
to become a Cherokee statesman. The Georgia Militia evicted
Rich Joe Vann in 1835 for
having unknowingly violated a new law making it illegal for
Indians to hire whites. Joseph then settled in the Cherokee
Territory in Oklahoma and lived there until his death from a
steamboat explosion in 1844.
Web Links Referencing Vann House
Vann House State Historic Site
Vann House Historic Site
House State Historic Site