Tipton Place
Aug27

Tipton Place

Miss Lucy and Miss Lizzie, were schoolmarms in Cades Cove in the second half of the 1800s. They were daughters of Colonel Hamp Tipton, a veteran of the revolutionary war, who shortly after the Civil War, built this two story home. The Smoky Mountain homestead he built, eventually included a smokehouse, a woodshed, corn crib, blacksmith shop, cantilever barn, and an apiary for bees. Tipton sold land to and hence was surrounded by many...

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Gregg-Cable House
Aug27

Gregg-Cable House

Cades Cove’s Becky Cable died in her Cades Cove home in 1940 at age ninety-four. At the time she and her house were located on Forge Creek Road but after her death the Great Smoky Mountain National Park service decided the Cable Mill area was a better location—for the house that is. Becky Cable was a remarkable lady who lived a long productive life in the cove. For one thing, she raised her brothers children after he and his...

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Cable Mill Barn

Not all barns in Cades Cove were of the cantilever design. Most Smoky Mountain barns were of similar design of which we have today with a row of stalls on each side of an isle. In the cantilever design the stalls were in the middle of the structure with a large loft overhang on both sides. Both designs had their advantages as the cantilever barn provided animals not kept in stalls some shelter as they could wander out of the pasture...

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Cable Mill Historic Area & Cades Cove Visitor Center

Cable Mill Historic Area One of the most popular stops on the Cades Cove tour is the one at Cable Mill.  Corn meal and molasses are sometimes available. Of course the main attraction of the Cable Mill area is the outdoor displays. The Cable Mill is definitely one of the most historic pieces in Cades Cove. Mills were important to the people of Cades Cove, and entire homesteads were centered around their ability to use the mills. Since...

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Sorghum Mill

In the Great Smoky Mountains the settlers had several sources of sweetener including maple syrup, honey and maple sugar. Besides these was a very dark sweet syrup called molasses. To the Smoky Mountain pioneers molasses was pretty good especially on corn bread with a little butter. The sorghum mill was the means by which the molasses was made in the Cades Cove. Molasses begins as sorghum cane which is stripped of leaves and then fed...

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Elijah Oliver Place

Deep in the Smokies nestled in Cades Cove, the Elijah Oliver cabin, smokehouse, corn crib, springhouse and barn provided a cozy environment for this branch of the Oliver family. Elijah was the son of John and Luraney and was born in the original Cades Cove cabin in 1824. It was there Elijah grew into a young man and married. He eventually brought his bride to the site where they built the Smokies cabin that bears his name. Elijah...

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