Great Smoky Mountains National Park Things to Do

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    A Home For the Birds

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2012

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    I thought this grouping of houses for birds looked neat. It was at the entrance to the Mountain Farm Museum.

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    1st Amendment Area

    by Basaic Written Jan 6, 2012

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    There is a spot along the trail designated as a "1st Amendment Area" meaning you can exercise your right to Freedom of Speech. You can also hand out printed material if you obtain a permit first.

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    Trail to Mingus Mill

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    There is a short unpaved trail leading to the mill and the creek that supplied the water for the mill.

    Trail to Mill Trail to Mill Creek
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    Barns at Mountain Farm Museum

    by Basaic Written Jan 9, 2012

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    Another interesting set of displays are the different types of barns they used, the uses for the designs and the equipment.

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    Blacksmith's Shop

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    Some farms had a blacksmith's shop on the property for the farmer to repair his tools, forge his own iron and sometimes to adapt old iron tools and implements for another use.

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    Crops at Mountain Farm Museum

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    There were a couple of gardens showing typical crops and some harvested items throughout the museum grounds.

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    Corn Cribs

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    These buildings protected another important crop to early farmers, corn. Corn fed livestock and the farmer and his family. It was consumed fresh or cooked into mush or cornbread.

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    Wood Working

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    This area was used to work with wood to make furniture, building materials or other items needed on the farm.

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    Mission Baptist Church

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    The Mission Baptist Church was organized in the 1820s with the current frame structure replacing an earlier church in 1902.

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    Primitive Baptist Church

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    The Primitive Baptist Church was organized in Cades Cove on 16 June 1827, and long served valley residents. The church has a simple elegance.

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    Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

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    There is a historic cemetery where area residents were interred next to the Primitive Baptist Church.

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    Other Homes in Cades Cove

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    In addition to special farmhouse displays like the John Oliver Cabin there are a wide assortment of other farmhouses along the loop road.

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    Other Barns in Cades Cove

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    Along the loop road you will find a variety of types of barns. I especially liked the T-Shaped Barn.

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    Other Outbuildings in Cades Cove

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    There are a variety of outbuildings on display that were used for various purposes, like storage of crops, protection of livestock, smokehouses and a number of other things.

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    Fields and Farm Animals

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    In addition to the buildings and equipment on display there are open fields with great views and farm animals.

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