“old-school running water!”
Noah “Bud” Ogle and his wife Cindy first settled in what is now Gatlinburg in 1879. On their 400 acre farm they built the cabin that still stands near downtown Gatlinburg. Located on Airport Road near the start of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Ogle cabin is a great place to visit to get a glimpse of what pioneer life was like in the Appalachian Mountains.In 1977, the Ogle homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and it’s currently maintained by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The Ogle cabin is what was known as a “saddlebag” cabin, which means there were two single-pen cabins that were joined by a common chimney.The Ogle cabin also had a very unique feature for the time….running water. A wooden plume ran from the spring near the cabin up to the back porch. Once there the water poured into a double sink, made from a large log.
Amazing story and example of early homestead life.
Check out the door hinges.
Noticing the most basic things such as a door hinge brings to mind a slight hint as to the life struggles homesteaders had to deal with.
Be sure and pick up a pamphlet at the parking area for the self guided tour.
Really cool little cabin from 1879. There’s also an easy trail that looped behind which takes you to a very nice creek with mini falls. takes about 30 minutes to go around the trail.
If you love seeing a part of the past this was great. I loved walking through a door to a different time. Make sure you duck or you will hit your head on the doorway. The cabin and all the hidden treasures in the area are great for exploring and it is not that far out of the way. At the time I had my 8 and 16 year old with me and we had no problem exploring.
My family om my dads side is from Gatlinburg...my grandmother (one of Wiley Oakley's daughter) used to live in the backwoods of Gatlinburg. I remember as a little girl, going out to the back porch would scare me due to the fact it would hang over a creek (a very long drop). It's nice to see that my heritage is still remembered and for others to view. It's sad though that other people have destroyed property for others to enjoy on how time has aged these buildings of long ago.
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