Tag: Cades Cove

  1. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin

    The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The following story originally appeared in the fall 2014 issue of Smokies Guide. Back issues of the official Great Smoky Mountains National Park newspaper are available to read online or download at the GSMA Smokies Guide archive. The Story of the Cades Cove Pumpkin The John Oliver Cabin in Cades Cove was built in 1821, three Read more...
  2. Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies

    Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies For many families living in and around the Smokies before the creation of the national park, fall was the season for harvesting and processing sorghum syrup—a sweet treat that shines particularly when combined with butter on hot biscuits and pancakes or mixed in porridge and grits.  Today, the smell of simmering syrup still summons Read more...
  3. These Puzzling Times

    These Puzzling Times By Karen Key  During these times of self-isolation, with children out of school for months on end, I’ve found myself struggling to find enriching, educational activities that keep my second grader, Violet, occupied at home.  She misses her regular routine, her teachers and her friends—and, as time goes on, it only gets Read more...
  4. Video Feature: Cades Cove, First Week of Spring

    Video Feature: Cades Cove, First Week of Spring By Valerie Polk, GSMA Videographer and Publications Associate We know you are missing your favorite places more than ever, and there's a good chance that Cades Cove is one of those places that is near and dear to your heart. Maybe this short video from the Cove from a few years back will help. It was the first week of spring in 2015 when I Read more...
  5. Family Heirlooms Come Back to the Smokies

    Alexander Lawson - Dresser

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park recently received a priceless donation of Cades Cove artifacts to the museum collections. The great-granddaughter of Dan and Sidney Lawson, Robin Derryberry of Chattanooga, TN, donated a chest of drawers, family Bible, wedding portraits, and other family photographs to the National Park Service for longterm preservation at the National Park Service Collections Preservation Center in Townsend, TN.

  6. The Strange Case of Cades Lake

    Cades Map

    Depending on who you were and what you stood for, the idea of turning most of Cades Cove into a 50-foot-deep lake—three miles long and two miles wide—was either brilliant or terrible.

    Pro-lake constituents included National Park Service Director Arno B. Cammerer (immortalized by the naming of Mt. Cammerer), Tennessee Governor Gordon Browning, the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association, park booster Col. David Chapman, and Knoxville City Manager George Dempster.

    Those opposed included acting and former NPS Directors Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, Robert Sterling Yard of the National Parks Association, and stalwart conservationists Harvey Broome Benton MacKaye.

  7. Cades Cove Story re-released by GSMA

    Cades Cove Story re-released by GSMA

    “No story of Cades Cove can ever be complete…” These humble words written by A. Randolph Shields in 1977 comprise the first line of The Cades Cove Story. The enduring legacy of this work continues to connect readers to the lives of the people who once lived in one of the most beloved places in all the national parks.

  8. Looking towards tomorrow: memories of a holiday hike in the Smokies by Elizabeth Giddens

    Winter in the Smokies

    When I was in grad school at the University of Tennessee in the 1980s, I usually came back to Knoxville from the Christmas break before New Year’s. Doing so gave me a week to get ready for the next quarter at school, plan for classes I would be teaching, clean my drafty and dusty Ft. Sanders apartment, get groceries in, and goof off some. Even so, my hiking friends and I usually found time for a day hike, an all-day one—an extravagance that would not come often once the pressures of classes took over our lives. Another draw was that the park was quiet in January—it was not leaf season, not wildflower time, no rhododendrons blooming. Few folks were on the trails, so we could get a long hike in and be away from care as well as traffic and, well, people.


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