Vann House Days - 19th Century Cherokee History

Saturday, Jul 25, 2020 (10 AM to 4 PM)
Sunday, Jul 26, 2020 (1 PM to 4 PM)

Dive into the daily life of an 18th-19th century family. For the 42nd year, Friends of the Vann House Volunteers will demonstrate a variety of skills such as blacksmithing, herbology, churning butter, quilting, weaving, blow guns, pottery and more. The historic Cherokee house and grounds will be open for tours.

Join Georgia State Parks oldest and longest serving Volunteer Friends Group as we celebrate 42 years Vann House Days Programs! Activities at the Museum Say hey to the Friends of the Vann House volunteers and renew your annual membership. Watch our 15 minute film “Walking in Two Worlds.” Visit with our Vann House Quilters! Inside the Historic Vann House Tour the house from root-cellar to attic, hosted by Friends of the Vann House volunteers. Parlor: Make and take your own old-fashioned Handkerchief Dolls. Guest Room: See and learn the importance of beading, make your own small beaded trinket. South Lawn Observe woodworker Marvin Garner as he performs chair canning and other historic woodworking skills. Along the brick path Say hello to the representatives from the Murray County Pilot Club and the Georgia Trail of Tears Association. Inside "Vann's Kitchen/Workhouse Cabin" Downstairs: Learn to churn Clabbered Butter with Friends of the Vann House volunteers. Upstairs: see Friends volunteers demonstrate weaving on an 1800s loom and spinning cotton on a great wheel. At the Cherokee Farmstead Sugar Creek Cabin: Leather Britches: see an old Appalachian method of food preservation, try it for yourself. Coahulla Creek Cabin: Corn Grinding, see methods of drying and grinding this native plant. Three-Sisters Garden: Learn about sustainable farming practices used by the Cherokee. Herbologist Gwen Fisher will be hosting. Basket making: Primitive Arts crafter Andrew Lee will be folding bark baskets in a tried and true historic method. Flint Knapping: Arrowhead crafter James Green can show you skills practiced by Cherokee from the early 19th century and beyond. Pottery: Visit local Potter Karmen James as she demonstrates 19th century pottery as used by the Vann Family. East Lawn Vann’s Corn Crib: Blacksmithing, The Vann’s had their own blacksmith forges, see how it’s done. Black Powder demonstration: by the 1800s, most Cherokee were well versed with fire-arms. To demonstrate this technology, New Echota Interpreter Robert James will be firing a black-powder rifle throughout the day. Dig boxes: Help children understand archaeology by digging in our above ground dig boxes for "artifacts." Tribal hunting and games: See the tools used for Stickball, chunky stone, longbow and blowgun hunting. Other sites to visit Visit the God’s Acre Cemetery from the Moravian Mission at Spring Place, location of the first Christian mission on Cherokee land. Ask front desk for directions or walk our newly extended, 1-mile round trip, Vann's Spring Trail!

Admission: $5.50 - $6.50
Event Phone: 706-695-2598

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Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705
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N 34.763937 | W -084.822056
Located 3 miles west of Chatsworth at the intersection of Highways 225 and 52-A.

Chief Vann House Historic Site
82 Highway 225 N
Chatsworth, GA 30705 View Details

Chief Vann House Historic Site