horses in Cades Cove

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

elijah oliver cabin
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:

1. Gregg-Cable House Was Moved

gregg cable houseMost of the cabins along the Cades Cove Loop were built in the spot they still stand, but the Gregg-Cable house is one of the only cabins that has been moved. It was built by Leason Gregg in 1879 on Forge Creek Road. In 1887, the house was sold by Gregg to the children of John P. Cable, the man the grist mill in Cades Cove is named after. Becky Cable, one of the children, lived in this cabin until her death in 1940. Then, the National Park Service moved the cabin into Cades Cove near the grist mill.

2. Last Stop on the Loop is Carter Shields Cabin

The Carter Shields Cabin is the last cabin you can see before you leave the Loop. It is believed to have been built in the 1830s. It is a simple cabin in Cades Cove, and it is a single room. This building is the only one on the property where it sits. The Carter Shields cabin is one of the most photographed buildings along the Loop because in the spring, there are several blooming dogwoods in the area, and the fence around the property makes a beautiful scene.

3. John Oliver Cabin isn’t the Original

The John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove.The John Oliver cabin is the first historic building you can see along the Loop. Many people don’t know this isn’t the original John Oliver cabin. The cabin that stands there today is actually a honeymoon cabin for their first born son to use when he got married. The actual original John Oliver cabin was about 50 yards behind the cabin that is on the property today.

4. Elijah Oliver Place had a Room for Travelers

Elijah Oliver Place is a pioneer complex with several historic buildings you can explore. There’s a chicken coop, smokehouse, corn crib, and a springhouse. The main cabin was built over a spring so the family could keep eggs, milk, and other foods chilled. On the right side of the front porch of this building, there is a small enclosed room that was used to house travelers. Elijah Oliver was known for being very hospitable, and many people believed it was because of his deeply religious roots. He never charged the travelers for their stay and provided them with a warm place to sleep and food.

5. Dan Lawson Cabin was a Post Office

dan lawson cabinThe property the Dan Lawson cabin in Cades Cove sits on originally belonged to Peter Cable. When Lawson married Cable’s daughter, he gave him the property, and Lawson built the cabin. Over the years, Lawson added a front porch and a second story to the cabin. He used this area for a post office in Cades Cove. He also ran a general store for the people in the area.

These are just some things you probably didn’t know about cabins in Cades Cove. Want even more information on these buildings? Check out these things you didn’t know about the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove!

Related Blog Posts

black and white image of historic Cades Cove cabin with split rail fence
March 30, 2017
Learn the Incredible History of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Cades Cove Visitors Center
Looking into John Oliver Cabin
June 27, 2022
Step Inside the John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove
black and white meadow cades cove
July 11, 2022
Life Among Cades Cove TN Families During the Civil War
The John P. Cable Mill in Cades Cove
June 24, 2021
6 Interesting Facts About Cades Cove History