Tourists, farm life and favorite views: Stories from the last generation to live in Cades Cove

Cades Cove is a national treasure, a jewel of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but Rex Caughron doesn’t bother much with going anymore. “Very seldom do I go through the Cove,” he said. “It don’t look like Cades Cove to me.” In another life, Cades Cove – or at least a hefty piece of […]

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Before the national park, there were the Walker Sisters: How they became a live tourist attraction

In some places, history lives in the great cities. It lives in the magnificent achievements of man, great cathedrals, towering skyscrapers, engineering marvels like pyramids and aqueducts.  In the Great Smoky Mountains, history is in the hollers, in the lingering crannies found in the shadow of giant mountain ridges.  History resides near where desperate people […]

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