Joseph Caylor… Situated not far from New Echota, the old capital of the Cherokee Indians, the house of James Vann is a testament to how civilized Native Americans could live 200 years ago. Once part of a 1,000 acre plantation, James Vann was not only a wealthy Cherokee, but one of its most important leaders starting in the 1790s. After his murder in 1809, his son Joseph inherited the home and became even wealthier, but lost the home due to the Trail of Tears in the 1830's. The historic site is quite simply stunning when you first arrive inside. The tours are very detailed in explaining the life of the home of one of the most important Cherokee Indians of his time. I was taken back by the 'floating' staircase when you first arrive inside the home.