Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CADES COVE, SMOKY MNTS NATIONAL PARK.

Continuing our trip to USA.

Monday 17/11/14

Cades Cove is a fertile valley in the Smoky Mts National Park. It used to be inhabited with subsistence farmers from the early 1800's to the early 1900's. It was a close community until the Civil War. The community continued for a while but In the early 20th century owners started selling their land to the government, who were turning the area into a National Park. Some people didn't want to sell. They were allowed to stay until they died but the next generation had to move on. There is an 11 mile long loop road around the valley and there are original cabins, houses, churches, and barns to explore and photograph.

The pretty drive through the National Park to Cades Cove.

 The John Oliver Cabin built c. 1822. The Olivers were the first permanent European settlers.

 This is the  Primitive Baptist Church. The baptist religion split in 1830's into the Primitive Baptist Church and the Missionary Baptist Church. There was also a Methodist Church.

 Cades Cove is registered on the National Register of historic places.  This is Becky Cable House built in 1879. Owned by the spinster daughter of John Cable. She refused to get married after her father broke off her childhood romance.

 The John Cable Grist Mill.

 John Cable had to build diversions from Mill Creek and Forge Creek to get enough water for the overshot wheel.

 Tipton Cabin

 Double cantilever barn at Tipton Place. You can see it was a cold wet day but we still enjoyed this fascinating place.

That night we drove into town for our last dinner in Gatlinburg. Sick of huge meals we opted for soup and sandwiches this night. 

Bill stayed home so we got him a burger to go.(take away in Oz). We ate here often and got to know the server well. She looked after us nicely. She wants to come to Australia one day so Kathy and Rob offered her a job in their son's cafe and we offered her a bed.

25 comments:

  1. You do sound as if you enjoyed it all despite the lousy weather. Love these photos and the history that goes with them, Thanks for the virtual tour which was probably drier than yours :-) Take care t'other Diane

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  2. Hi, Diane, seeing your photos remind me of my visit to Cades Cove and Gatlinburg.. The Grist Mill and the lights at night are some of my favorites this post.. But, they are all beautiful images..

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  3. some great old places there - and great fences, too! :)

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  4. Wow what a place and all the photos are bloody marvelous I am somewhat jealous that you got to visit such amazing places

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  5. Wonderful photos. Looks a lovely drive. You all looked rugged up well and warm.

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  6. Interesting place and well preserved by the look of it. The Becky Cable house is handsome.

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  7. That's the kind of place I would enjoy visiting.

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  8. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Cades Cove -- it is fascinating place. I don't know how many times we've been there, but we always find something new.

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  9. Well---you've heard and seen so much about Cades Cove here in the Smokies. Even with cold weather, I hope you enjoyed that magical little community... We are lucky in that we can visit there in ALL seasons...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. It was because of your blog that I wanted to see this lovely place.

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  10. You all look so cosy on the last picture by the fire. I love all these old buildings. They are in a good condition A beautiful area to visit

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  11. Looks a fascinating place - and quite a contrast with the bright lights of the city. When I first saw the term, 'primitive Baptists', it conjured up a hilarious picture; but then my humour gets me into all sorts of trouble!

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  12. I'm glad you could see Cade's Cove's beauty even in such gloomy weather. Springtime there is just exquisite and I think you need to come back then!

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  13. We liked this place a lot! Such a painless and beautiful way to learn history! It can be way hard to find the kind of meals we like in restaurants around certain areas of our country. That is when we were glad to be RVers!

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  14. Thanks for these photos Diane, I I enjoyed them very much. Cades Cove is a place I have wanted to go for a while now. I have seen it on Betsy's Blog also. It always looks such a lovely place to explore. You all look nice and toasty by the fire. Bet it felt good on your backs after that chilly day.

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  15. A fascinating trip for sure Diane. Love those old buildings. (Thanks for your recent visit to my blog, and yes, my 3 house exchanges have proved to be wonderful experiences and thoroughly recommend them - very happy to answer queries about it)

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  16. I would love to visit this place! Those buildings are beautiful. Are they empty? The houses, I mean? Gorgeous photos as always. Hope you are getting over your jet lag? We're still waking in the middle of the night. Miss you
    Love Caro

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  17. I've seen Cades Cove through Betsy's blog and now through your eyes and photos, Diane. It looks so picturesque and interesting.

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  18. OMG I love the grist mill but the barn is totally fascinating! That town knows how to decorate for Christmas and I love it! Your pictures are amazing and so glad you are sharing. An area of the country that I've never seen.

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  19. What a delightful trip back into the early 1800's. I love Becky Cable's pretty cottage and how sad that she couldn't marry the love of her life.

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  20. How interesting ! You did a real nice tour ! I caught up on your posts ! Blogging with a Ipad or tablet is impossible, it's just good for typing, but not for pictures. Fortunately I had my little notebook with me on top of the tablet !

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  21. Those timber buildings are beautiful and so American ... it is interesting how architecture differs by country (though most countries have same-same shopping malls these days). And Christmas is so wonderfully over the top in America, I just love it.

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  22. Weather aside, Diane,mthis still looked like a great stop. We have been through parts of the Blue Ridge Mtns, but haven't been to any of the Smokies. Seems like fall would be a great time and Cades Cove a definite stop based on your post.

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  23. LOVE that little cottage, but I'll bet it's FREEZING in winter!! I'm impressed how you've picked up the US lingo - does that make you bi-lingual??!!

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  24. What a beautiful place and those gorgeous cottages! The scenery is breathtaking... a photographer's delight and you've done it proud :D)

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