Great Smoky Mountains National Park 01a

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 01a

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park bedecked with colorful Fall leaves in October 2015 in a photo by Richard Weisser.

Blue Ridge Parkway near Soco Gap Autumn

Blue Ridge Parkway near Soco Gap Autumn

The Blue Ridge Parkway in late Autumn between Soco Gap and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Caldwell House Smoky Mountains Cataloochee

Caldwell House Smoky Mountains Cataloochee

The Caldwell house in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an excellent representation of the fact that not all of the residents that lived lived in log cabins prior to the establishment of the park.

By the 20th Century the majority of inhabitants residing within what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park lived in contemporary constructed houses made of milled lumber. But since decisions had to be made as to which of the thousands of  structures were worth the expense of preservation and maintenance very few escaped razing.

Fortunately the Caldwell house was selected for preservation as a testament to the fact that some residents led a fairly typical lifestyle for their era.