Old Mountain Farm History

Especially for those of you that like my photos of the Old Mountain Farm, here is the history. The Mountain Farm Exhibit is the official name of the farm as you will read below. Enjoy!

There are many surviving examples of early Appalachian pioneer structures along the Parkway, beginning at milepost 5.8 at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and Mountain Farm exhibit. The easy Mountain Farm self-guiding trail takes you through a collection of 19th century farm buildings, and in the summer months there are often living history demonstrations. The new exhibits at Humpback Rocks Visitor Center opened in the spring of 2000 and represent the most complete effort at interpreting the Blue Ridge region with stories about housing, community, entertainment, and transportation. At the Peaks of Otter (milepost 85.9) there is a moderate loop trail leading to the Johnson Farm, in which generations of the Johnson family lived and worked with other members of the now-vanished community. Another structure of interest here is Polly Woods Ordinary, thought to be the oldest structure on the Parkway, and representative of the early days of tourism in the area. The Trail Cabin (milepost 154.6), Puckett Cabin (milepost 189.9), Brinegar Cabin (milepost 238.5), Caudill Cabin (milepost 241) and Sheets Cabin (milepost 252.4) are all 19th-century log cabins illustrating the sometimes isolated existence of the mountain family and the efforts of the original park planners to save log structures as opposed to other types of larger farm houses they found. The Trail Cabin is especially notable for its spectacular location, and the Caudill Cabin was called one of the finest examples of pioneer cabins along the Parkway by landscape architect Stanley Abbott. The Puckett Cabin is associated with stories of Mrs. Orleana Hawks Puckett, a busy mountain mid-wife of the late 19th century. The Jesse Brown Farmstead (milepost 272.5), consisting of a cabin, spring house and the relocated Cool Springs Baptist Church, is believed to be pre-Civil War and contain interesting examples of early pioneer log construction

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