Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cades Cover, TN

The home of John Oliver who arrived in the Cove prior to 1820 and purchased this land in 1826.  It remained in the family until the park was established more than 100 years later.   

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Cades Cove Methodist Church

This church was built in 115 days for $115.00 in 1902.  Notice that there are two front doors.  This usually indicates the church follows the custom of men sitting on one side of the church and women on the other side.  But this church didn't follow that custom.  The two doors are there because the church borrowed the building plans of another church that did divide its congregation by gender.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Tate House

A private residence built from a rare pink marble called "Etowah" marble.  It was built in order to demonstrate the use of marble in construction of large buildings.  This 19,000 sq ft house is on the National Registser of Historical Places.  For more information visit their website at

We were lucky enough to visit this house while the pink roses were in bloom and were able to talk to the current owner.  An interesting fact is that each side of the house was built in a different architectural style in order to demonstrate the versatility of the marble.  The famous marble mine is in their backyard and still in operation and put the town of Tate, Georgia on the map.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Oh Come Come Come

Come to the church by the Wildwood
Oh, come to the church in the vale
No spot is so dear to my childhood
As the little brown church in the vale

Lyrics by  Dr. William S. Pitts, 1857

This little country church reminded me of this hymn from my childhood.

Thursday, August 8, 2013