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Blue Ridge Mountains and Southern USA

The Carter Shields Cabin
Located in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountain Park, TN, USA
George Washington “Carter” Shields (1844-1924) bought this land and cabin from John Sparks in 1910. The cabin dates to 1830-40s. Shields lived in the cove until 1921.

You saw little evidence of extraneous finery, for this was a culture of limited supply and minimum waste. But aesthetic pleasure was not unknown or unappreciated. The craftsman found beauty in a well-shaped axe handle or smoothly-adzed parlor beam.

The woman expressed herself in a quilt or woven bed coverlet. The object itself was necessary; its beauty was not, but was there nonetheless. Design and function became one through understanding of the materials at ones fingertips.

A sense of community filled the Cove. For one hundred years life in the Cove proceeded at a pace rarely faster than a walk. This allowed time to see and hear the world one lived in. Cowbells in the pasture, the almost-silent chatter of a horse drawn mowing machine, the wind coming up, and the sun going down. A decent howdy while walking past a neighbors house. All were part of that life.

Community involvement on a personal level was a clearly understood obligation. It activated almost automatically in cases where family independence was inadequate.

A death in the community brought many people together quickly and efficiently. One made the coffin, another lined it with cloth, while others dug the grave. Common understanding got the deceased in the ground within twenty-four hours.

A house raising was another common effort. One man simply couldn’t lift and lay the logs alone. When all of the materials were assembled on the site, neighbors pitched in to raise the building quickly.

These and other qualities of our ancestral society cannot be put on display. They can only be understood through deliberate contemplation. We leave this last little cabin to your imagination. Rebuild, refurnish, and re-people it in your own mind, and let it say to you whatever it will..

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  • polly470
    polly470about 4 years ago

    Chrissy..this is fantastic…such gentle and sympathetic treatment..and I love the write up, especially ..‘We leave this last little cabin to your imagination. Rebuild, refurnish, and re-people it in your own mind, and let it say to you whatever it will..’

  • Thanks so much, Polly, I have always been interested in the pioneer way of life, the hardships seem, these days, to have been almost unbearable. I also enjoyed the article describing those days of long ago. Do you ever wonder what will be written of us in a hundred years or so??
    I’m so glad you like this, and I’m glad I didn’t go over the top with the edit, it actually looks very similar to the original photo, some minor tweaking is all it really needed.

    – Christine Annas

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserabout 4 years ago

    Your image & words convey a great sense of a world that sadly seems lost.


  • Thank you Dave, I felt the same way when I read the story of this cabin. It was a hard life, but people had so much more respect for each other, hard work and, the few material things they made or acquired. I think we call that “values” now, sadly and quickly fading away…

    – Christine Annas

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture…love those log cabins!!! Interesting info also!!! How hard people worked back then and now, we hardly move!!! At least I don’t…LOL…everything is at our finger tips!!! :o)

  • Yes, and do you ever wonder what will become of us because of that??
    Thanks so much for the fave and comment, glad you like it, and no snow for you to tease me about!

    – Christine Annas

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresserabout 4 years ago

    Sadly so. I grew up in the Grandpont area in Oxford, which was a sort of Irish enclave, and we were in & out of each others houses all the time. Now I speak to my neighbours when we see each other getting into the car!

  • LOL…my husband and I were just joking about that very thing yesterday, I said I just wave and get the garage door open as quickly as I can and dive in the house, it’s not that we don’t like them, just seems like we just don’t have the time to stand out in the yard and talk as we did just a few years ago.

    – Christine Annas

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 4 years ago

    Very beautifully done!

  • Thank you, Ellen!

    – Christine Annas

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenabout 4 years ago

    Chris this is really a work of incredible depth and emotively powerful ! Reading all of your information is a must and ones heart goes out to those whom walked before us .What brave pioneering people they were ! You work is a glorious tribute to them ,you should be very proud of it my dear friend ! Big Hugs ~ Lynne xox

  • Thank you so much, Lynne, for your kind words. I am actually surprised at the response, I really thought most would think “another cabin…yawn”! I’m glad now that I did put the article in the description and I’m pleased to see how many are also interested in a life of long ago.

    – Christine Annas

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariabout 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Just a wonderful capture of this cabin, and the story is so great!!

  • Thanks so much!!

    – Christine Annas

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieabout 4 years ago

    Love this- old cabins are the greatest- make my mind wander!! Great shot! Much happiness to you this year 2bricks!!

  • Thank you so very much, and hope you have a nice holiday season!

    – Christine Annas

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