I have mentioned before that my hometown is near Spring Place, a major Cherokee settlement in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The centerpiece of this settlement was the beautiful home build by James Vann. James was the son of a Cherokee woman and a Scottish trader. He amassed quite a fortune.
James Vann was wealthy but it did not keep him from addiction to alcohol and gambling which lead to his murder shortly after the Vann House was completed. His wealth was left to his son, Joseph.
Jacob Hickman was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable and interesting. We also visited with Tim Howard, a local historian who is a friend of the family and a big supporter of the Vann House.
It was interesting to revisit the rich history of this part of North Georgia. Tomorrow I will share how the other half lived in Spring Place, the Cherokee who were not wealthy but loved their lifestyle that was brutally ripped from them with the Trail of Tears.