Can­dle­light tours at Vann House

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Don’t let the scaf­fold­ing de­ter you. The Chief Vann House in Chatsworth, Ge­or­gia, is in the process of a full ex­te­rior restora­tion, but the an­nual can­dle­light tours of the his­toric home will take place as planned on Fri­day and Satur­day, Dec. 7-8, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Chief James Vann opened his new brick man­sion to the Mo­ra­vian mis­sion­ar­ies in 1805 for their Christ­mas Love Feast and ser­mon. In honor of that event, the Chief Vann House His­toric Site an­nu­ally holds its can­dle­light tours. The pub­lic is in­vited to en­joy the sights and sounds of an 18th-cen­tury Christ­mas in one of Amer­ica’s best-pre­served Chero­kee homes.

Guests should ar­rive no later than 8 p.m. to en­sure they have time to view the house and ex­hibits.

The Vann House, Chero­kee Farm­stead and twos­tory cabin ex­hibit will be il­lu­mi­nated by more than 200 can­dles to light paths as visitors tour the grounds.

The Robert E. Cham­bers Mu­seum will be open for visitors to view a short film of the home’s his­tory be­fore start­ing their tour. Vann House will be dec­o­rated with wreaths, can­dles, fresh boughs and win­ter blos­soms, just as the Mo­ra­vians and their Chero­kee stu­dents once did.

In­side the home, visitors may tour the house at their own pace while l i sten­ing to t he soft strum­ming of Christ­mas car­ols played by a mu­si­cian. Tour guides will be sta­tioned through­out the grounds to an­swer any ques­tions. The self-guided tour ends with hot ap­ple cider and Mo­ra­vian cook­ies served be­side the fire­place in the log cabin.

No reser­va­tions are nec­es­sary; visitors may pay at the door. Ad­mis­sion is $6.50 adults, $6 for se­nior adults and $5.50 for chil­dren ages 6-17. Chil­dren 5 and younger are free.

The Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions will re­main up un­til Christ­mas Day. The Vann House His­toric Site will be open dur­ing reg­u­lar hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs­day-Satur­day, 1-5 p.m. Sun­days. The last tour be­gins at 4 p.m. daily.

Vann House is lo­cated at 82 Ge­or­gia High­way 225 North, three miles west of Chatsworth.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 706-695-2598.

VANN HOUSE CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Can­dle­light tours of his­toric Vann House will be of­fered Fri­day and Satur­day nights in Chatsworth, Ge­or­gia.

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