6 Interesting Facts About Cades Cove History

6 Interesting Facts About Cades Cove History

June 24, 2021

As you plan to visit Cades Cove, it is good to have a background knowledge of some of the rich history that the area has so you know what to look for on your next visit. As you make your way through what locals call “The Cove,” be sure to take a minute to recognize some of the history behind the great views around you. …

History Behind the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cades Cove TN

History Behind the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cades Cove TN

June 15, 2021

While traveling along the Cades Cove Loop, you may have noticed a historical marker across from the Missionary Baptist Church that honors the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC. This marker refers to the group of men who were responsible for building the roads, bridges, campgrounds, trails, and picnic areas that we all enjoy today, which is why the rock plaque states “If you seek their monument, look about you.” Here is the history behind the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cades Cove TN:…

All About the History of Dan Lawson Place in Cades Cove Tennessee

All About the History of Dan Lawson Place in Cades Cove Tennessee

May 14, 2021

While driving along the Cades Cove Loop Road, you will discover a variety of fascinating historical cabins, including the Dan Lawson Place. This particular cabin is about three quarters of the way around the loop road, and you will also find a barn, smokehouse, and granary on the property. Lawson was a well known resident of Cades Cove who had this cabin built in 1856 and eventually became the largest landowner in the Cove after the Civil War. Read on to find out more about the history of Dan Lawson Place in Cades Cove Tennessee:…

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Historic Cabins in Cades Cove

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Historic Cabins in Cades Cove

November 16, 2020

When you see the historic cabins in Cades Cove as you drive through, you probably wonder what the people who lived in them were like. What kind of history is there in these buildings? We want to share some information about these buildings you probably didn’t know. You might look at the cabins differently after you learn a little more about them! Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the historic cabins in Cades Cove:…

Uncovering the Cades Cove Cemeteries and Their History

Uncovering the Cades Cove Cemeteries and Their History

August 20, 2020

If you love learning more about the history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, then you should consider paying a visit to some of the many cemeteries in Cades Cove on your next visit. Although National Park Service records indicate there are 14 cemeteries in Cades Cove, only 11 of them have been found. To help you learn more, we’ve listed all 11 of them for you below! Take a look at all the Cades Cove cemeteries:…

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Cades Cove History

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Cades Cove History

December 21, 2018

Cades Cove is known for its stunning scenery and the variety of activities available for visitors to enjoy. However, this special destination in the national park is also rich in history. Read on to discover 6 things you might not have known about Cades Cove history, and next time you visit, you can point out these little-known facts to all of your friends and family!…

Cades Cove Was Nearly Turned into a Marina in the 1930s

Cades Cove Was Nearly Turned into a Marina in the 1930s

October 16, 2018

Cades Cove is far and away the most popular section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over 2 million visitors frequent this breathtaking valley each year to see its historic buildings, gorgeous mountain views, and spectacular wildlife. While today it seems obvious that Cades Cove would become a can’t-miss attraction in the Smokies, the valley’s potential wasn’t always recognized….

A Cherokee Legend from Cades Cove: How Rabbit Stole His Coat

A Cherokee Legend from Cades Cove: How Rabbit Stole His Coat

September 25, 2018

The Cherokee people have deep roots in Cades Cove. Years before the first Euro-Americans settled in the cove, the Cherokee had their own village in the valley. Known as “Tsiya’hi,” which means “Otter Place,” the settlement was situated near streams that were teaming with otters. The name “Cades Cove” is taken from Chief Kade, the Cherokee leader of Tsiya’hi….

Cades Cove Ghost Stories: The Cussing Cover

Cades Cove Ghost Stories: The Cussing Cover

July 31, 2018

Is Cades Cove haunted? We can’t say for sure (that’s a question for paranormal investigators), but we do know that there are a few Cades Cove ghost stories that have been told for decades around these parts. One of our favorite tall tales from the valley was transcribed in The Granny Curse and Other Ghosts and Legends from East Tennessee, a 1999 book by Janet Barnett and Randy Russell. Known as “The Cussing Cover,” this electrifying ghost story is perfect for your next campfire. Read on for our retelling of this classic yarn….

The Cool History About the Cantilever Barn in Cades Cove

The Cool History About the Cantilever Barn in Cades Cove

January 30, 2018

Cades Cove is one of the most popular destinations inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The area is full of natural wonder, and structures drenched in Appalachian history! There are many structures, walking trails, and pull offs that are worth exploring, but the cantilever barn in Cades Cove has a unique origin and design. It’s worth a stop to look at. 

Learn the Incredible History of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Cades Cove Visitors Center

Learn the Incredible History of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Cades Cove Visitors Center

March 30, 2017

The Cherokee, who first called the Great Smoky Mountains their home, named these mountains shaconage (shah-con-ah-jey), or “place of the blue smoke.” Europeans settled the land in the 1800s, followed by loggers and President Roosevelt’s Civilian Conservation Corps in the 20th century.

These mountains hold many mysteries and untold stories, and they have thousands of years of history to tell. While the mountains will always keep some of their secrets, the Cades Cove Visitors Center does an incredible job of helping visitors understand the mountain people who once lived and died here. With historic structures and artifacts on display, visitors can get a sense of what the mountain settlements used to look like and hear about the people who once called Cades Cove and the Great Smokies their home….

Your Complete Guide to Cades Cove History

Your Complete Guide to Cades Cove History

August 12, 2015

In addition to its stunning natural beauty, Cades Cove also boasts a long and fascinating past. Before you pay a visit to this incredible area, be sure to read our convenient guide to Cades Cove history….