Step Inside the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove

Step Inside the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove

June 27, 2022

A cabin signifies strength, ruggedness, and the American spirit! Settlers used materials nature provided to craft their one of a kind cabins. The John Oliver Cabin is not exempt. This cabin has been cherished for generations at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You might be familiar with the outside of the cabin, but do you know about the inside of the cabin? We have gathered some information so you can step inside the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove:…

Learn The Native American History of Cades Cove

Learn The Native American History of Cades Cove

June 7, 2022

Although there is no evidence Native Americans resided in Cades Cove, there is knowledge that regional plants were gathered, animals were hunted on the grounds, and trails were used to travel long distances in Appalachia. The Smoky Mountains were very important to Native Americans, especially the Cherokee, not only for the abundant resources, but for the spiritual qualities as well. We’ve gathered information on the Native American history of Cades Cove: …

Everything You Need to Know About the Henry Whitehead Place in Cades Cove

Everything You Need to Know About the Henry Whitehead Place in Cades Cove

December 27, 2021

If you want to explore the history of the Smoky Mountains, you don’t have to look any further than Cades Cove! This popular area is home to several historic structures, such as the Cable Grist Mill and the Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church. One of the most interesting buildings is the Henry Whitehead Place in Cades Cove, a unique cabin that can be found just a short drive from the Cades Cove Visitor Center. Here’s everything you need to know about the Henry Whitehead Place! 

The Caughron Family: The Last Residents of Cades Cove Tennessee

The Caughron Family: The Last Residents of Cades Cove Tennessee

November 1, 2021

Starting in the early 1820’s, settlers began traveling to Cades Cove to build homes and work the land in the valley. Way before the area was part of the national park, many families called Cades Cove home and spent their lives in what is now a popular destination for travelers to the Smokies. In fact, the last resident of Cades Cove Tennessee didn’t leave until 1999. Here is everything you need to know about the Caughron family:…

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….