Wednesday, July 13, 2011
On May 23, 2011, George and I took a day-trip to the Smokies. We went through Cades Cove and then rode across Parson's Branch Road. You probably remember my June blogs talking about our 'crazy' trip on that rough road. IF you missed any of those posts, you can go to my sidebar, scroll down to labels and click on CADES COVE 2011.
Today, I will show you another cabin we visited that day near the Cades Cove Loop Road --entitled the Henry Whitehead Cabin... Above is a picture of the cabin, found in the Chestnut Flats area of Cades Cove. Below are more.
Note the brick chimney in the 'newer' cabin. That brick chimney was unheard of in this area at the time. This structure might be called the ultimate log cabin, or sometimes called a 'transition house' due to its near-perfect construction from logs sawed straight and flat at a nearby mill. Soon the mill-sawed lumber would replace log cabins with frame construction. By the way though, this is the only cabin built like this still standing today in the Smokies.
SO---what about the little cabin in back, you ask??????? Well---when Aunt Tildy's first husband left her (shame on him)---her brothers quickly built this cabin for Tildy to live in. . I love seeing the old stone-rubble chimney. Miss Tildy lived in that little cabin until Henry courted and married her----and then built her Smoky Mountain Dream Home!!!
By the way, some trivia for you (which I'm sure you want to know): Aunt Tildy's son from her FIRST marriage became one of the prominent producers of moonshine in Cades Cove during the Prohibition.... (Just knew you wanted to know that!!!!)
Have a great day, and mark your calendars now: Don't miss my blog on Friday this week... It's a favorite of mine....