Heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains

Sep 08, 2015

Great Smoky MountainsDiscover the Heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains during Your Stay at One of Our Gatlinburg Cabins

It is known that a lot of visitors come to the Smoky Mountains to get away from it all and take in the views. In addition to this, why not discover the heritage of the Great Smoky Mountains during your stay at one of our Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals as well! Gatlinburg is quite old in age and the settlements of this area date as far back to the early 1700s. Come visit us here in the hills and explore this beautiful living museum that we like to call the Smoky Mountains. It is fun, adventurous and educational to add historic locations to your list of things to do in Gatlinburg during your stay!

Primitive Cades Cove

Cades Cove is thriving with a rich history of the Smoky Mountains. Within the valley, there are four standing Grist Mills. In the old days, the naturalists used the Grist Mills to grind their corn to create cornmeal. Cornmeal was a staple item in every early settler's home here in the Smokies.

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Arrowmont School of Art is a beautiful piece of preservation that is still used on a daily basis. Here you can explore the galleries created by resident artists who feature their down home works of art. Arrowmont is known for being the oldest craft school in the state of Tennessee. In past times, dating back to 1912, Arrowmont began as the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School. The school children would bring the teachers homemade gifts like wood carvings and woven baskets and brooms as a way to say thank you. This school offered education to a remote community while also being the first medical clinic in the area.

Visit Little Greenbrier

Going back in time to the civil war, William and Riley Metcalf moved their little families to the flats of the Little Brier Branch and Little River. The Metcalfs were brothers, as well as descendants of the Cherokee people, who provided drinking water to those who built Little River Road. To show appreciation, the construction crew made a picnic area named Metcalf Bottoms, which is nearby to the Little Greenbrier Gap Trail. In the later 1800s, a schoolhouse was built by John Walker and was used until the late 1930s. Close by, Mr. Walker had also established a homestead where he raised his family. His daughters lived here practicing primitive ways of life. The farm, picnic area, and schoolhouse are still standing for your to visit and explore.

Where to Stay

Book your Gatlinburg Cabin Rental with Heartland Cabin Rentals online or Call today. Come and get to know the Smokies!



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Doug Shanks

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By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.


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