Log Cabin beside the Chief Vann House
Photo by J. Stephen Conn/Flickr, cc by-nc 2.0
This reconstruction depicts one of the log cabins as it would have appeared on the Chief Joseph Vann's Springplace Plantation. A plantation was more like a small town than just a single house. in all there were 96 structures on the Vann estate. In addition to his fine home there were many cabins, some to house his 110 African slaves and others for hired help. There were also barns, smokehouses, corn cribs, a grist mill, a sawmill, blacksmith shops, taverns, a peach kiln, and whiskey stills. There were also 1,133 peach and 147 apple trees and about 800 acres of cultivated land. All in all, Joseph Vann's business and farms were estimated to cover more than 4,000 acres in the Cherokee Nation.
Forced from their home on a cold March day, just because they were Cherokee, Joseph Vann and his family fled north to a farm he owned in Tennessee. In 1836 the Vanns made their way to Webber's Falls, Oklahoma at the southern end of the new Cherokee Nation. In the 1940s the federal government made "restitution" totaling nearly $20,000 to Joseph Vann for his Georgia holdings.