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Things to Do

Celebrate “the good life” with us here in Murray County, Georgia. Murray County is known for its wealth of outdoor recreation, but there are plenty more things to do if your interests run more to history, Appalachian heritage or community festivals.

HISTORY & HERITAGE

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    Chief Vann House

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Cherokee leader and wealthy businessman James Vann owned the largest and most successful plantation in the Cherokee Nation in the late 1700s, covering 1,000 acres of what is now Murray County, Georgia. In 1804, he completed construction of a magnificent 2½-story brick home. However, in the 1830s, the Cherokee people were forced west on the infamous “Trail of Tears.” The Vann family lost their graceful home, rebuilding in the Cherokee Territory of Oklahoma. Today, the Chief Vann House survives as Georgia’s best-preserved historic Cherokee home.

    82 Highway 225 N, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-2598

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    Murray County Courthouse

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    This example of classic architecture with Doric-styled columns is one of only three full-domed courthouses in Georgia. The red-brick courthouse, erected in 1916, presides over a large, square knoll that covers a full city block.

    121 N. Third Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-2932

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    God’s Acre

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Close to the Chief Vann House Historic Site near the site of the Spring Place Moravian Mission & Springs and donated to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this site is the burial ground of people believed to be Moravian missionaries. Chief Vann sponsored these missionaries to come to the area in 1801 to educate the Cherokees in reading, grammar, writing, sacred history, mathematics, geography, weaving, and botany. Several Cherokees and slaves are also thought to be buried at this site. Open daylight until dark.

    Georgia Highway 52 Alt,
    West of Chatsworth, Spring Place, GA

    (706) 695-2598

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    Old Wright Hotel

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Constructed in 1909 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel built by Thomas Monroe Wright offered a spa-like environment where guests could bask in luxury, enjoy home-cooked meals, and sip the mineral waters of the area. Donated to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, the site today offers a rare glimpse into a gracious past. Open by appointment.

    201 E. Market Street, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-4313

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    Chatsworth Depot & Caboose

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Adjacent to the Wright Hotel, and built in the early 1900s, the Chatsworth Depot houses railroad memorabilia and a museum about the local talc industry. Moved from its original location by the tracks, the depot is part of the Chatsworth Downtown Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Seaboard Coast Line caboose #0603 is under restoration next to the depot. Open the second Saturday of the month or by appointment.

    100 N. First Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-4416

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    Spring Place Methodist Church

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    The old Spring Place Methodist church is the oldest existing public-use structure in Murray County. It began as an Indian Mission in the early 1830s, and this wooden structure was built about 1875. The building now houses a museum of church, Spring Place, and Murray County memorabilia. Open by appointment.

    237 Elm Street, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-4416

ROAD TRIPS

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    Southern Highroads Trail

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Southern Highroads scenic driving trail winds through 13 counties and four states (Georgia, South and North Carolina, and Tennessee) in a 364-mile loop of entertainment and fun for the entire family. Skiing, rafting, shopping, Native American history, country cooking, hiking, and more await along the trail. Trail maps are available at the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center.

    126 N. Third Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-6060

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    ChieftainsTrail
    (Trail of Tears)

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    Chieftains Trail is an unforgettable 200-mile driving tour that highlights the history of the area’s Native Americans. Each of the six stops along the trail highlights a specific area of Native American heritage, including the Trail of Tears. Stops in Murray County include Fort Mountain State Park and the Chief Vann House. Brochures are available at the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center.

    126 N. Third Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-6060

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    Travel through time on this 54-mile long gaze into history. Explore along the way the Murray County sites, from Fort Mountain State Park, the Chattahoochee National Forest’s many creeks and mountain roads to enjoying “down home cooking” in Chatsworth. For information and maps, visit the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce & Welcome Center

    126 N. Third Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-6060

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

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    Black Bear Festival

    Chatsworth, Georgia

    The Black Bear Festival in Chatsworth City Park takes place the third weekend in October and features foods, arts & crafts, car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show, live music, hay rides, wrestling, beauty contest, First National Community Bank 5K run, and fun galore! The dates for the 2019 BBF are scheduled for October 19, 2019 from 10am-6pm & October 20, 2019 from 10am-5pm.

    2019 Black Bear Festival Vendor Applications
    2019 Beauty Pageant Applications
    2019 5K and One Mile Fun Run Applications
    2019 Pumpkin Contest
    2019 Scarecrow Mania
    2019 Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show

    2nd Avenue, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-6060

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    The Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce sponsors this annual celebration of the holiday season with colorful floats, bands, and Santa on the first Saturday in December.
     
    Christmas Parade Applications

    Downtown Chatsworth, Chatsworth, GA 30705

    (706) 695-6060