Tag: History

  1. Image for the Asking: Waking Up the Cove

    Image for the Asking: Waking Up the Cove Story and image by Don McGowan The great open valleys of the Smokies—Cataloochee in North Carolina; Big Cove in Qualla Boundary; and Cosby, Tuckaleechee, and Cades Cove in Tennessee—are self-contained microcosms of the diverse human history of this wonderful land. Ongoing research and discovery is continuously adding to our Read more...
  2. A Long Day’s Walk to Hear President Roosevelt

    A Long Day’s Walk to Hear President Roosevelt by Jim Casada  Among the many intriguing characters I was privileged to know as a boy growing up in Swain County was a local old-timer, George Monteith, who had grown up on lower Forney Creek in an area that eventually became part of the park with the flooding of Fontana Lake. In my mind’s eye I still see him, invariably clad in clean Read more...
  3. Permanent Camp: Rugel's Ragwort

    Permanent Camp: Rugel's Ragwort Story by George Ellison with image by Elizabeth Ellison This is the story of Rugel's ragwort (Rugelia nudicaulis)—one of the most rare and interesting plants in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park—and its eccentric namesake, the German-born plant collector Ferdinand Ignatius Xavier Rugel. In 1840, Rugel (1806-1879) came to the Read more...
  4. "Learning Is Still Alive and Well at the Little Greenbrier School" in Smokies Life Fall 2020

    Besides supporting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the many perks of a Great Smoky Mountains Association membership is a subscription to Smokies Life magazine. Below is a sneak preview of one of the features in the upcoming fall issue. Become a member by July 31 in order to receive a copy in the mail. In 1881, Read more...
  5. “Into the Land of Forgetting” by Allison McKittrick in Smokies Life Fall 2020

    “Into the Land of Forgetting” by Allison McKittrick in Smokies Life Fall 2020 Besides supporting Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the many perks of a Great Smoky Mountains Association membership is a subscription to Smokies Life magazine. Below is a sneak preview of one of the features in the upcoming fall issue. Become a member by July 15 in order to receive a copy in the mail. Some of the earliest Read more...
  6. Playtime in the Smokies

    Playtime in the Smokies By Mike Aday, Librarian/Archivist Keeping children occupied during our current situation takes creativity and ingenuity. With the shift to online learning, parents also want ways to limit screen time and provide variety. Perhaps looking at what children in Appalachia did for fun a hundred years ago can give us some ideas. What kinds of games Read more...
  7. Smoky Mountain Air podcast series becomes GSMA’s latest storytelling tool

    Smoky Mountain Air podcast series becomes GSMA’s latest storytelling tool While working from home the past two months, GSMA’s Creative Team has explored and developed some great new ways to help interpret our park’s cultural and natural history. Today, we are launching the latest of these: Smoky Mountain Air.  Hosted by Videographer and Publications Associate Valerie Polk and Senior Publications Read more...
  8. After Thought: Evan O. Hall, an Original Genius

    After Thought: Evan O. Hall, an Original Genius By George Ellison  Back in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, America specialized as a nation in producing a special breed of citizen popularly categorized as an “original genius”; that is, they were folks self-reliant, indefatigable, and exceeding clever when it came to improvising and making do with little Read more...
  9. The Other Horace

    The Other Horace By Ben Anderson Horace Kephart is remembered for being an ardent and effective advocate of a Smokies national park—an important role most recently and thoroughly explored in Back of Beyond, a Kephart biography by Janet McCue and George Ellison. But there was another Horace who was more directly involved in the actual shaping of the park: Read more...
  10. Smokemont’s Previous Life

    Smokemont’s Previous Life By Ben Anderson Driving into Smokemont Campground, you may find it hard to imagine that it’s ever been anything but a recreational playground. Situated along pristine Bradley Fork on a gently sloping expanse and framed by high ridges, Smokemont does seem to be an ideal setting for the largest camping area on the North Carolina side of the Read more...

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