Pig Pen by Gary L   Suddath

The mountain folk let there livestock run free to feed on what nature provided. Any fencing used was to keep them out of the garden or a particular area. The pig pen was used about the first frost. A pig was put into a pen like this to fatten. They would fatten them to the point the roof would have to be removed to get the pig out…..The pen also provided protection from bears and other predators….Every part of the pig was used as meat, lard, or its hide….This pig pen is located on the Ephraim Bales place along The Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail,GSMNP


  • cdwork
    cdworkalmost 7 years ago
    Great capture – Interesting story- poor pig
  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 7 years ago

    !Great shot. Interesting history. I always go- AWWWW, poor pig :~)
    Being a vegetarian, of course.

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightalmost 7 years ago

    Very interesting history. I wish I’d followed this road, but didn’t even realize it was there!

  • jlynn
    jlynnalmost 7 years ago

    Fantastic image!!

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsalmost 7 years ago

    Thats so interesting Gary, and a great shot too!!!

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaveralmost 7 years ago

    Thank you Gary for this journey through Appalachia. Your great descriptions and photos make traveling with you a joy!

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 7 years ago

    I love the commentary! I learned something I did not know! I’ve only taken Roaring Fork once, I sure missed this.

  • budrfli
    budrflialmost 7 years ago

    great comp interesting history!

  • Asoka
    Asokaalmost 7 years ago


  • Woepi
    Woepiover 3 years ago

    This is a great one for the challenge , Gary. Lovely light and shadow on the whole scene.

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