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A Trip through the Smoky Mountains Then & Now

Cades Cove in the 1950's and 2014. Upon driving through Cades Cove for the very first time, I did not anticipate finding the exact spot of the original 1950's Cades Cove vintage photo. Luckily the site was easy to find and the vintage photo lined up perfectly with the mountains in the background. The size difference of the tree from the vintage photo to today is noticeable.

The Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove in the 1920's and 2014. The Primitive Baptist Church vintage photo from the 1920's indicates it was either a funeral gathering or a church cleaning day. Built in 1887, the original building stands today with the handprints of the builders still visible on the wood beams of the ceiling.

The Little Greenbrier School in the Smoky Mountain National Park from the late 18th (or early 19th century) and 2014. Built in 1882, the original building still stands today. The original tree on the right side of the school in the vintage photo looks to have been cut down. The home of the Walker Sisters, 5 spinster sisters who attended the school, can be visited a mile up the road.

The Little Greenbrier School in the Smoky Mountain National Park in 1936 and 2014. The vintage photo shows students being taught in 1936, the year the school would close. There are many markings on the walls, front door, and desks.

The entrance steps to the Wonderland Hotel near Elkmont, Tennessee in the early 1900's and 2014. The Wonderland Club was established in 1911 and the Wonderland Hotel built in 1912. The hotel would not close until 1992 and then collapsed in 2005 when parts of the building were removed and preserved by the National Park Service. The entrance steps are now overgrown and nothing remains of the original hotel.


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