Cades Cove is a favorite spot of ours in the park because of the historical aspect. Cades Cove was a farming community. It reached its top population of 708 in 1900. Many of the farmers sold their land to the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, which in turn gave the land to the federal government. The park was officially established in 1934. Of course there were holdouts. I'm not sure when the last person left the Cove. The school closed in 1944, and the post office closed in 1947.
The drive through Cades Cove is an eleven-mile, one-way loop that goes by old churches and cabins. It's a truly beautiful area, and we saw deer and wild turkeys. On the loop are three churches with cemeteries, six cabins, plus a visitor center at a historic area with more buildings. I think this photo of the Betty book at the Methodist Church is one of my favorites. It's one of the most photographed spots in the park. The original church was built in the 1820s, and this building replaced it in 1902.
On the back side of the loop is a visitor center and historic area where there is a walking tour. The Gregg-Cable house is here, along with a grist mill, a cantilever barn, a drive-through barn, a blacksmith shop, and several other buildings, plus a small cemetery nearby. The grist mill is staffed and still working (demonstration). Deborah and Gerard posed outside the mill. An old millstone and the water wheel are in the photo. We really enjoyed the tour.
It was quite the trip, and I enjoyed every moment of it except driving through that storm. We left on September 4 and returned home on September 30. When we pulled into the garage, we had driven 7,314.1 miles. I hope you enjoyed the Betty photos. We're planning another grand adventure for next year!