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.
A bull elk in the rut pursues a cow in Cataloochee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once confined to Cataloochee, elk can be seen roaming in Smokemont, the Qualla Boundary, and Maggie Valley.
The Palmer Chapel in Cataloochee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park set among brilliant fall foliage. This shot is from the “street” side of the current road but is actually the rear of the structure.
This photo is actually the front side of the Palmer Chapel in Cataloochee Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The original road in the valley was on this side of the church. You can still follow the trace of the early roadway. The Ola post office was located a short way East from this spot.
Cataloochee is one of those places in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that takes a little extra effort to get there, but once you do for the first time it is a place that you will return to again and again.
Like Cades Cove in Tennessee, Cataloochee in North Carolina offers wildlife viewing opportunities combine with the relics of recent anthropology of human settlers in the area. Although many structures were razed at the time the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, some were preserved as a testament to the people that once called this valley home. Continue reading →