John Ownby's Cabin by Gary L   Suddath

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A lot of the lowland valleys of the Smokies were settled in the 1800’s by Scot-Irish, Germans, and English immigrants. They new how to survive off what the land gave them. They cleared trees, raised crops, and hunted for their meat. Many built simple single pen cabins like John Owenby’s. When the national park was created the forest was allowed to reclaim the land. Fields were overgrown as well as roadbeds. Cabins were allowed to decay or dismantled. Some were kept like John Ownby’s log cabin it can be found along the Fighting Creek Trail. This building has been rehabilitated by the National Park Service, preserving original building materials, as it is the last remaining log building in the Sugarlands area. The logs are from tuliptree and white pine. The clay mortar for the chimney came from the banks of the near by spring


  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsalmost 7 years ago

    A testament to the ingenuity of the early settlers. I’m so glad it’s being taken care of! Great shot Gary!

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

    Wonderful shot, Gary. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this one. Thanks for the wonderful information you’ve provided along with this great shot.

  • Sherrianne Talon
    Sherrianne Talonalmost 7 years ago

    Wonderful!!! I so enjoy these and as I don’t think we’ll ever get there for a tour, these give me a glimpse! Again, the sepia is perfect for capturing the texture of these precious old buildings. You should be doing a calendar or something of these!

  • Susan Zohn
    Susan Zohnalmost 7 years ago

    Oh, how I love this and only wish I were there right now. Great capture and feeling in this.

  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaover 6 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    Great shot Gary

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...over 6 years ago

    Your keeping history alive through your photos and descriptions… another wonderful addition to your porfolio!

  • joak
    joakover 6 years ago

    magic gary i love this wee series of shots you have done so very well to bring them to life …it is a big help to me to see where scots that were kicked out thier homes tae make way for sheep settled …maybe this was one of them

  • John Quinn
    John Quinnover 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot and great history too

  • Robert O'Neill
    Robert O'Neillover 6 years ago

    Great shot Gary. I love these vintage shots. Also for people like myself and Joak—many of our ancesters were starved and thrown off their land to make way for sheep. They had little choice but to leave and try to survive in strange countries.

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