In the northwest corner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park you find a small treasure house in America. The heritage carved by the early inhabitants of this valley of Tennessee is preserved. Open your imagination to the traditions of the mountain people. The rustic cabins continue to respond to the whispers of Elizabethan English. The mills and barns remember a time when man and nature were bound by a continuous ceremony. Their churches are still chanted in the past. Drive, walk, or bike the eleven-mile loop that will continue a century later in the life of Cades Cove.
Historic buildings are just part of the Cades Cove experience. Walking the area is adventurous. You're almost certain that you meet a bear or a deer. You may also notice some places of other wildlife and wildlife: wild boars, ditches, strollers, stumps, bobcat, raccoon, gray or red fox, and pigs also live here. Coyotes have recently moved to Smoking, and you can see one at dawn or dawn.
Cades Cove is not a museum in the sense of something built for that purpose. These are the preserved remains of the culture that flourished there from 1820 until the garden began to acquire land in 1934.
Prior to the 1820s, the lush ravine was concerned only with the Cherokees wandering bands. Their ancient paths crisscrossed the land, descending from the mountains and emerging from the other side. Remains of some trails are still present on existing roads and trails. They hunted bears, bison, alder, and deer that roamed the valley and the inflatable forests and meadows.
The earliest inhabitants have entered the valley from Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. Oliver built the oldest remaining structure of the casket. The inhabitants were religious people. Two of their earliest buildings were churches. The first primitive Baptist church was built in 1827, and replaced in 1887 by the one you see today.
Ol 'Oliver and his wife, Lorraine Fraser Oliver, lie in the cemetery behind the church with many other early residents. Another tombstone concerns a parishioner who was "killed by the North Carolina Rebels." This reflects the clashes in the church as a result of the civil war.
Like any fallen communities, Cadence Covey has had its share of sad and sad stories. In the 1880s, Matilda Shields Gregory's husband left her and their young son. His brothers made him a little cabin. The larger front cabin adds to the story. Henry Whitehead, the widow with three daughters, married the court and married Matilda. He built a bigger house for them. At first glance it seems to be a frame house, but closer examination reveals four-inch square logs. There used to be three such "transitional" houses at one time, but the other is the only one. Pay attention to the new brick chimney of a larger house. These two buildings represent the heaviest and best bathrooms in the ropeway.
Sometimes a mill mill works. Another fascinating aspect of the mine is educational screenings that hint at what life was like for the people of these mountains in the 19th century.
More than two million people visit the cave each year. They are drawn from the opportunity to take other strides with the overwhelming natural beauty, abundant wildlife and another culture. Cades Cove is an outdoor, live museum of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It's a tribute to carpet pioneers who dug life when it was one of the most secluded and beautiful spots in the country.