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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


  • EchoNorth
    EchoNorthabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful angle, Gary, thanks for the information too. Pictures look so different when you really know what you’re lookin’ at!!

  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 6 years ago

    Great image Gary, the info priceless, I can’t imagine the labor and skill that went into this!

  • Sharon Davey
    Sharon Daveyabout 6 years ago

    Hi there, Great Shot the sepia toning does the subject great justice Well Done!!

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 6 years ago

    A beautiful image Gary! (Thanks for your comment!)

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsabout 6 years ago

    Excellent shots Gary – love the history & hard work behind them

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiabout 6 years ago

    nice toning and great comment

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryabout 6 years ago

    Lovely tones and comp!

  • dc witmer
    dc witmerabout 6 years ago

    very nice Gary, I love the treatment on the photo

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    I love these historic old palces. The memories they must have. Great work, Gary. xx

  • SkyFoxFPP
    SkyFoxFPPabout 6 years ago

    This is very well done! Perfect effects – very creative. Lovely tones and texture!

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