The cabin at Jim Bales Place is an example of a single pen cabin. It was a one room with a fireplace. The cabin itself is The Alex Cole Cabin from the Sugarlands area.It was decided by the park service it better matched the corn crib an barn of Jim Bales which are original.This would be more representive of the early Appalachian days here.The house that was there when the park service obtained it, was one that was built as the farm was handed down through the years.It was a modern frame house known as the “Fancy House”
This is located on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park


  • Gaby Swanson  Photography
    Gaby Swanson ...over 6 years ago

    beautiful work Gary

  • Susan Zohn
    Susan Zohnover 6 years ago

    Gary, I have been to the Smoky Mountains and I think I have seen this one. You take such spectacular shots here. I just love your eye for this beautiful National Park. I hope to go back soon to see this wonderful place and your shots make me yearn to go there again. Wonderful, spectacular work as usual my friend.

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Excellent composition love the tone !

  • Darlene Ruhs
    Darlene Ruhsover 6 years ago

    This is why I added you to my watchlist, I wouldn’t want to miss something as beautiful as this image! How rustic and real. It makes me sit and think for awhile on what used to be and the past…I wonder and dream! Thanks for that!!

  • WesternDreamer
    WesternDreamerover 6 years ago

    What a nice angle you have on this capture, really like the fence in the foreground too!

  • Seth  Weaver
    Seth Weaverover 6 years ago

    You do always stunning photography with a great reverence to Appalachia, Gary. You show the beauty of the mountains and the nobility of the settlers so well.

  • Periwinkle
    Periwinkleover 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful shot & beautiful place, Gary. I love to wander around places such as this & imagine how life must have been for the pioneers, our ancestors. I think of how strong they had to be & how weak we now are…we are all so spoiled by our modern inventions!! Would they be proud of us?? I wonder??….
    Your work is so thought provoking!

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 6 years ago

    Excellent work! I love your composition and your presentation of these fine old building and great commentary as well!

  • amarica
    amaricaover 6 years ago

    This was probably considered big at the time, great shot Gary

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 6 years ago

    Great old cabin. Wonderful b/w shot.

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