Back In Time

Gary L   Suddath

Joined August 2007

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Step back in time. Enjoy the beautiful fall view they had from their backyard. This is a part of the Mountain Farm Museum, in the Great Smoky Mountains…. This is the Davis-Queen house. It was moved to this location from the Thomas Divide area on Indian Creek in NC. It was built around 1899, and is made of chestnut. Saw mills were around at this time so a frame house would have been possible but John Davis chose to build a log home…..The Meathouse off to the left was usually located close to the main house. This one came from Little Cataloochee, NC….Pork was one of the main meats of the early Appalachians. They had verities of wild meats and other farm animals as they do today, but the good old hog was what went mostly in the meathouse…. Some may call these smokehouses as this was a way of keeping the meat also. They would hang the meat in the building and build a smoky fire for a week or more. This could give a wonderful flavor to the meat but also produced a chemical reaction to the meat that helps preserve it from bugs and bacteria. Another method was to salt cure the meat. This was done by covering the meat with salt. It would then be placed on shelves or in some type of container. Once the salt was soaked into the meat it would slow down bacteria. Both methods was done in cold weather so the meat wouldn’t spoil till it had time to cure….The picket fence was often used around yards and gardens, back then they didn’t fence the farm animals in but out so they could roam the mountain and forest for food. A froe or mallet was often used to hand split the paling. The pointed to discouraged the chickens from standing on the….. The bare tree in the center was a walnut tree, which provides a mix of things from dyes to a food source….The museum is located at the visitor center at the Cherokee NC entrance to the Smokies. It includes must the building from that era. These were moved from different area of the park, The barn is the only original structure that was here to start with. From time to time you will see those dressed from this time period doing various chores.

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