Chatsworth, incorporated August 18, 1906, is the county seat of Murray County. Some say the city's name comes from a sign that fell off a railroad freight car, with the name "Chatsworth" printed on it. Railroad workers later placed the sign on a pole and used it to designate the city. However, others say the city name honors a railroad official.
The Chief Van House, built by Cherokee Chief James Vann, is decorated with Cherokee hand carvings and features a cantilevered stairway and many antiques. This Federal-style brick mansion is referred to as the "Showplace of the Cherokee Nation".
Another Chatsworth attraction is Fort Mountain Park. The 1,932-acre state park has a number of trails for visitors to explore, in addition to its camping sites. This park has an ancient 855-foot long rock wall, which stands on the highest point of the mountain.