|John Oliver's cabin, War of 1812 veteran|
Back in a day, this was prime, Cherokee hunting ground. Later, it was settled by Europeans in the early 1800's.
Cades Cove boasts the widest variety of historical buildings in the Park. I still can't get over the fact that the buildings are all left open to walk through at any time. If you time it just right, you can have the place all to yourself, enjoying the silence except, of course, for the imaginings of former inhabitants' voices in your mind.
Nobody lives here anymore, except for so many deer, elk, and many other critters which call Cades Cove home. Along the 11-mile loop, there are a working grist mill, numerous barns, log homes and other structures.
To me, the magic of Cades Cove is meandering through such a large space that is in essence left as it was. So much history. So many stories. So much to learn. God-willing, we'll be spending a lot more time here, delving into all.