Cades Cove with the John Oliver cabin in the background. August 27, 2010.
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Betsy and I went to Cades Cove in the Smokies on Friday. We hadn’t driven the Loop Road since it was re-paved and we wanted to see what improvements had been made. Of course we stopped several times to take pictures.
One of the places we stopped was the cabin of John and Lurena Oliver, who were the first permanent settlers in the cove. They arrived in Cades Cove in 1818. Their cabin was most likely built in 1822.
The picture above shows the cabin and its setting in the cove. The cabin is quite a way from the current Loop Road, but the setting is beautiful.
The John Oliver cabin, Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.
The cabin was built in a style that was fairly typical along the eastern frontier at this time. Perhaps the most interesting feature is that no pegs or nails were used to build this cabin. Gravity locks the logs together and the chinks are filled with mud to seal out wind and rain. The small windows and doors help conserve heat and maintain the cabin’s strength.
Gravestone of John and Lurena Oliver, Primitive Baptist Church, Cades Cove, Tennessee. August 27, 2010.
John and Lurena Oliver are buried in the graveyard of the Primitive Baptist Church which they helped establish and which is fairly near their cabin.