"Cades Cove" Great Smoky Mountains National Park Travelogue by Toughluck
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Oliver arrived in 1820 and purchased land in 1826. His descendent's lived here until the National Park was established. The house was constructed from logs felled and flattened on each side with a broad ax The corners were notched and linked together without nails or pegs.
Most homes were not directly on the road looping around the valley. They are set back on rising ground.
Originally, there was only one baptist church, until a dispute arose over the practice of supporting or doing missionary work. The Primitive Baptist did not support the missionary zeal of the others. During the American Civil War, the church closed. The congregation supported the Union cause and did not find it safe to meet during the rebellion. Few if any left because of there northern sympathies. The current structure replaced a log church in 1887.
The congregation was established in the 1820's and used a log building for a church. In 1902, they constructed this building. Like others in the valley, the Methodist Church split during the Civil War. The Hopewell Methodist Church was formed on the other side of the valley. It no longer stands.
In 1839, this congregation was formed by the members expelled from the other Baptist Church. The congregation was split during the Civil War, like the others. The current building was constructed in 1915.
There were several way's into the cove historically. Many still exist, but you'll have to walk most of them. Those still open to cars are one-way (out) of the cove. The two open to cars are: 1) Rich Mountain Rd which leads north to Townsend, TN. 2) Parson Branch Road, which takes off from the Forge Creek Road (which joins the Cades Cove Loop, just past the Cades Cove Visitor Center. If you're interested in hiking the other routes, they include: A) Cooper Road Trail, which is top #9 on the auto tour route (10.3 miles) to Abrams Creek; B) Rabbit Creek Trail (7.8 miles) to Abrams Creek. The Laurel Creek Road was not built until the 1930's when the park was established and the CCC were here.
The coves of eastern Tennessee are areas where the overlying rocks have been punched through by much older limestone beds from below. The overlying burden has eroded away to a nearly level valley with an evenly formed rock structure. Besides Cades Cove, there are Tuckeeluckee Cove and Wear Cove. The first is the town of Townsend, TN and the other is just to it's east and called Wear Valley on most maps.
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