The cabins here on the Henry Whitehead place shows what can be accomplished with determination. The newer log house, built in 1898. From logs sawn square at a nearby mill, a tight-fitting crib was built with hardly any spaces left to chink. The corners are worked to near perfection. Most of the interior log faces, ceiling joists and boards were dressed with a hand plane. How many endless strokes brought them up to this smoothness? The wall toward the prevailing wind was weather boarded to keep out wind and rain, and to preserve the chinking. A brick chimney, rare for the Smokies, was made of brick molded and fired on the property. A transition house, this one is a beautiful blend of log work and sawmills technology.
By contrast, the older cabin was built almost entirely with a felling axe under emergency circumstances. Rough-hewn logs with jagged ends and the rubble stone chimney show the hastiest kind of construction.Its also a little on the uneven side.Lots of things needed done before winter set in.If you spent to long makeing a shelter you and your stock,if you had any,may starve or frezze to death.
This pair of dwellings represents about the roughest and finest of log construction in the Smokies. They are located in the Cades Cove Section of the Great Smoky Mountains