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

Comments

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 6 years ago
    Great capture – Interesting story- poor pig
  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

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

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightover 6 years ago

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

  • jlynn
    jlynnover 6 years ago

    Fantastic image!!

  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 6 years ago

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

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 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. Putmanover 6 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
    budrfliover 6 years ago

    great comp interesting history!

  • Asoka
    Asokaover 6 years ago

    Delightful!

  • Woepi
    Woepiabout 3 years ago

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

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