Elkmont s Uncle Lem Ownby

Author: F. Carroll McMahan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625845731
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Born in 1889 in the Smoky Mountains, Lem Ownby became one of the region's most recognized figures. Sight-impaired from an early age, Lem spent his life logging, bear hunting, farming and tending his beehives. He welcomed the arrival of logging operations into the pristine wilderness but became an eyewitness to the devastation it brought to land, streams and wildlife. As the last leaseholder living within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lem became a legend, selling his honey and offering pearls of wisdom to hikers, writers and even the governor. Lem's principles remained solid, his opinions so unwavering that he once refused to entertain two Supreme Court justices. Enter the forest with author F. Carroll McMahan as he tells dramatic, fascinating and sometimes humorous stories of a man who lived truly on his own terms.

Lost Elkmont

Author: Daniel L. Paulin
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467113824
Format: PDF, ePub
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Prior to the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) in 1934, the small community of Elkmont was established as a logging camp by Col. Wilson B. Townsend's Little River Lumber Company around 1908. This was after he purchased 86,000 acres of mostly virgin forest. The area that was previously inhabited by various American Indian groups, and later by European-American settlers beginning around 1830, was to become for a time the second largest town in Sevier County, Tennessee. Colonel Townsend's business ventures proved successful beyond expectation, as he skillfully exploited the area's valuable hardwood forests. His logging company and railroad provided a mountain population with jobs and steady wages. Once all the valuable timber was harvested, Townsend sold land to private citizens who established what was to become an exclusive summer community that included both the Appalachian and Wonderland Clubs. These coexisted inside the GSMNP until 1992. This is the story of Elkmont.

Alex Stewart Portrait of a Pioneer

Author: John Rice Irwin
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780887400537
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Here is a moving literary portrait of real 20th century pioneer, Alex Stewart, a cooper, father of 13, farmer, logger, railroad man, and do-it-yourself interpreter of his rugged homeland in the mountains of Tennessee. His courage, humor and strength have endeared him to all who knew him, and now we can meet him through the book.

A Lifetime in Gatlinburg

Author: Marie Maddox
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625852185
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Today, Gatlinburg is an idyllic mountain resort. But the Sugarlands Valley in the 1910s couldn't have been more different. Martha Cole Whaley began her life on the outskirts of the city and has witnessed firsthand the joy and struggle of more than one hundred years in the area. Her rich experiences include what it was like to eat onion tops for an after-school snack, bathe in a washtub behind the stove and see a zipper for the first time on the boots of the mailman. Join author Marie Maddox as she captures an amazing century of Martha's life in Gatlinburg through stories, interviews and even a few of her favorite recipes from now and then.

A Cades Cove Childhood

Author: Margaret McCaulley
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625843771
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The remote Smoky Mountain community of Cades Cove still lives in the memory of J.C. McCaulley, one of the few remaining former residents, who offers an exclusive glimpse into a childhood in the Cove. His stories, compiled by his wife Margaret, are a testament to a way of life long abandoned—a life before automobiles, television and perhaps too much exposure to the outside world; a life of hard work and caring for your neighbors. Join the McCaulleys in their quest to preserve the beauty, tranquility and traditions of this pristine community, and dare to dream of a way of life that encouraged independence, integrity and the courage to overcome adversity.

The Walker Sisters

Author: Bonnie Trentham Myers
Publisher: Myers & Myers Pub
ISBN: 9780972783934
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"The Walker Sisters" describes the lives of five unmarried women who remain in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park after their neighbors move away when the park is created.

Roan Mountain

Author: Jennifer A. Bauer
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 9781609494018
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Roan Mountain's remarkable ecosystem has enchanted people for centuries, beginning with the first native inhabitants. Then came pioneering settlers, celebrated naturalists like John Muir, hardworking miners and loggers eager to make a living from the land and ambitious businessmen such as John T. Wilder, whose Cloudland Hotel helped make Roan a tourist destination in the late 1870s. Today, conservationists, researchers and nature lovers of all kinds flock here to experience flora and fauna unique to this region of the Appalachians. Preserving Roan's ecological heritage has proven both a challenge and a triumph for the mountain's dedicated supporters. In this newly revised and expanded edition, featuring previously unpublished color photography, former Roan Mountain park interpretive specialist Jennifer A. Bauer recounts the fascinating natural and social history of this marvelous highland landscape.