"The Ephraim Bales Place" Top 5 Page for this destination Gatlinburg Things to Do Tip by monica71

Gatlinburg Things to Do: 97 reviews and 183 photos

  Sign in front
by monica71
  • Sign in front - Gatlinburg
      Sign in front
    by monica71
  • The house - Gatlinburg
      The house
    by monica71
  • Me by the tiny original window of the cabin - Gatlinburg
      Me by the tiny original window of the cabin
    by monica71
  • The Corn Crib - Gatlinburg
      The Corn Crib
    by monica71
  • The Barn from the woods - Gatlinburg
      The Barn from the woods
    by monica71

In my opinion this is the best place to stop by and imagine how mountain life was at the time. The owners, Ephraim and Minerva Bales, lived here in the tiny house with their 9 children.

I was really surprised to learn that the original cabin had only one tiny window (in order to preserve heat inside the cabin). The larger window was added later on.

On their land you will see the house, a hog pen, a barn and a corn crib (all of them pretty well preserved).

The family owned 72 acres of land out of which they farmed only 30 acres, the rest of 42 acres remained forest. They lived here from 1890 to 1930.

It is worth to stop by, explore the place and take few pictures.

Directions: the place is part of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail drive

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Oct 8, 2009
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“"I still find each day too short for all the things I want to do"”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 6 8 3

Have you been to Gatlinburg?

  Share Your Travels