Historical Sites Cades Cove

Cades Cove is rich with Appalachian history. Here are 12 historical sites in Cades Cove that you have to see on your next visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

John Oliver Place.jpg#1 The John Oliver Cabin

constructed c. 1822-1823 by the cove's first permanent European settlers. Dunn reports that the Olivers spent the winter of 1818-1819 in an abandoned Cherokee hut, and built a crude structure the following year. The Oliver cabin was built as a replacement for this first crude structure, which was located a few yards behind the cabin.

Primitive Baptist Church Cades Cove.jpg#2 The Primitive Baptist Church

constructed in 1887. The church was organized as the Cades Cove Baptist Church in 1827, and renamed "Primitive Baptist" after the Anti-Missions Split in 1841. The Oliver’s and Russell Gregory are buried in its cemetery.

Cades Cove Methodist Church.jpg#3 The Cades Cove Methodist Church

constructed in 1902. Methodists were active in the cove as early as the 1820s, and built their first meeting house in 1840.

Missionary Baptist Church Cades Cove.jpg#4 The Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church

current building constructed in 1915-1916. The church was formed from a small faction of Cades Cove Baptists in 1839 who had broken off from the main church due to the debate over missions, which the Cades Cove Baptists didn't consider authorized by scripture.

Myers Barn Cades Cove.jpg#5 The Myers Barn

constructed in 1920. The Myers Barn is a more modern-looking hay barn located along the trail to the Elijah Oliver Place.

Elijah Oliver Place.jpg#6 The Elijah Oliver Place

constructed in 1866. Elijah Oliver (1829–1905) was the son of John and Lucretia Oliver. His original farm was destroyed during the U.S. Civil War by Confederate marauders.

Cable Mill Cades Cove.jpg#7 The John Cable Grist Mill

constructed in 1868. John P. Cable (1819–1891), a nephew of Peter Cable, had to construct a series of elaborate diversions along Mill Creek and Forge Creek to get enough water power for the mill's characteristic overshot wheel.

Becky Cable House Cades Cove.jpg#8 The Becky Cable House

constructed in 1879. This building, adjacent to the Cable Mill, was initially used by Leason Gregg as a general store. In 1887, he sold it to John Cable's spinster daughter, Rebecca Cable (1844–1940). A Cable family tradition says that Rebecca never forgave her father and refused to marry after her father broke off one of her childhood romances. Various buildings have been moved from elsewhere in the cove and placed near the Cable mill, including a barn, a carriage house, a chicken coop, a molasses still, a sorghum press, and a replica of a blacksmith shop.

Henry Whitehead Place Cades Cove.jpg#9 The Henry Whitehead Cabin

constructed 1895-1896. This cabin, located on Forge Creek Road near Chestnut Flats, was built by Matilda "Aunt Tildy" Shields and her second husband, Henry Whitehead (1851–1914). Shields' sons from her first marriage were prominent figures in the cove's moonshine trade.

Dan Lawson Place Cades Cove.jpg#10 The Dan Lawson Place

built by Peter Cable in the 1840s and acquired by Dan Lawson (1827–1905) after he married Cable's daughter, Mary Jane. Lawson was the cove's wealthiest resident. The homestead includes a cabin (still called the Peter Cable cabin), a smokehouse, a chicken coop, and a hay barn.

Tipton Place Cades Cove.jpg#11 The Tipton Place

built in the 1880s by the descendants of Revolutionary War veteran William "Fighting Billy" Tipton. The paneling on the house was a later addition. Along with the cabin, the homestead includes a carriage house, a smokehouse, a woodshed, and the oft-photographed double-cantilever barn.

Carter Shields Cabin Cades Cove.jpg#12 The Carter Shields Cabin

a rustic log cabin built in the 1880s.