The Walker Sisters

With the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, hundreds of families were asked to move out of their mountain homes. Some went willingly, and others fought against it, but most families moved immediately. A select few, including the six unmarried Walker sisters, received a special lifetime lease—a chance to live out the rest of … Continue reading The Walker Sisters

Tall Tales From The Great Smoky Mountains – part III

The Origins of "Boogertown" There are many communities in the Smoky Mountains with strange names, but none of them rival Boogertown. Located in Sevier County, this area is officially known as Oldham, but it is far more famous for its unusual nickname. So, why would anyone choose a name with “booger” in it? The answer … Continue reading Tall Tales From The Great Smoky Mountains – part III

Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains – part II

Last week, we started a series of three of our favorite tall tales stories from the Smoky Mountains. If you haven't read that one, go check it out! Here's story no.2: The Missing Gold Mine in Greenbrier In the years following the Civil War, the richest man in Greenbrier Cove was local blacksmith Perry Shults. … Continue reading Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains – part II

Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

If you’ve spent any time in the Smoky Mountains, you’ve likely heard a tall tale or two. These colorful stories may not stick strictly to the facts, but they are always entertaining! Some of the best legends in East Tennessee have been passed down for generations, usually just by word of mouth. Here is the … Continue reading Tall Tales from the Great Smoky Mountains

John Ownby’s 1860 Cabin

The John Ownby Cabin is a historic cabin in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. Located in The Sugarlands, it lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was built in 1860, and is the last surviving structure from the pre-park Forks-of-the-River community. At the time, this valley was populated with three small Appalachian communities: Forks-of-the-River, Sugarlands, and Fighting Creek. The valley … Continue reading John Ownby’s 1860 Cabin

New Salem Baptist Church in Sevierville. Earliest surviving brick church in the county.

This 1886 church is Sevierville's oldest surviving public building and the only church in Sevier County to be built for and by its African-American congregation. From the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: "Isaac Dockery, an African American brickmason and builder, was born a freeman in the Jones Cove community of Sevier County. Dockery moved … Continue reading New Salem Baptist Church in Sevierville. Earliest surviving brick church in the county.

Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

This route follows the Little Pigeon River to Trillium Gap. No trucks, trailers or RVs are allowed. The road leads to the John Messer Barn and the trailhead to Ramsay Cascades, arguably the best waterfall in the Park. The hike is 8 miles roundtrip and is challenging. A lesser visited area of the Park, the … Continue reading Greenbrier Road Auto Tour

Aging Ole Smoky Moonshine

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It is legal to buy Ole Smoky Moonshine at your local liquor store.  The product is offered by the makers of the television show, Moonshiners, through the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located in Gatlinburg, TN.  There are likely a couple flavors available, but the 100 proof Ole Smokey moonshine is a good choice.  It is a little higher in octane than most other spirits and from the show.  For under $20, you can purchase a 750 ml bottle.  Sold in a Mason jar, the flavor is bold.  It taste just as you would expect moonshine to taste.  You will feel like you could breathe fire directly from your mouth.

If you have an Oak Barrel that you have used for aging another spirit for a few weeks, that other spirit will be deeply soaked into the oak.  While it is possible to remove the other spirits by soaking in water…

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Ogle log cabin

Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a place which boasts a very rich history. Of course, all the attractions and shops lining the Gatlinburg Parkway are fun, but behind all the touristy stuff lies quite a few historic sites you can visit to experience the essence of what makes our quaint Smoky Mountain town so special. In about … Continue reading Ogle log cabin