Bud Ogle Cabin, Roaring Fork Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN.

Bud Ogle Cabin, Gatlinburg, TN


From Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah_Ogle_Place

The Noah “Bud” Ogle Place was a homestead located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Sevier County, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The homestead presently consists of a cabin, barn, and tub mill built by mountain farmer Noah “Bud” Ogle (1863–1913) in the late 19th-century. In 1977, the homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently maintained by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.[1]

The surviving structures at the Noah Ogle Place are characteristic of a typical 19th-century Southern Appalachian mountain farm. Ogle’s cabin is a type known as a “saddlebag” cabin (two single-pen cabins joined by a common chimney), which was a relatively rare design in the region. Ogle’s barn is an excellent example of a four-pen barn, a design once common in the area, although this barn is the last remaining four-pen barn in the park. Ogle’s tub mill is the park’s last surviving operational tub mill and one of the few operational tub mills in the region. A later owner of the Ogle farm renamed the farm “Junglebrook,” and the farm is thus sometimes referred to as the “Junglebrook Historic District


Ogle barn

Noah Ogle’s great-grandparents, William Ogle (1756–1803) and his wife Martha Huskey (1756–1826), were the first Euro-American settlers in the Gatlinburg area, arriving in the early 19th century (their cabin still stands on the Arrowmont Schoolcampus in downtown Gatlinburg).[2] The Ogles’ descendants quickly spread out into the adjacent river and creek valleys. Noah Ogle’s farm originally consisted of 400 acres (160 ha), although by the early 20th century he had subdivided his land among his children, and retained only 150 acres (61 ha). These last 150 acres (0.61 km2) comprise the bulk of the Bud Ogle Farm historic district.[1]

Ogle’s cabin and outbuildings were built in the late 1880s and early 1890s. The land was poor and rocky (the National Park Service later claimed it was “unsuitable” for farming), and Ogle mostly grew corn. The land did include a sizeable apple orchard which grew multiple types of apples. Ogle’s relatives were allowed free use of his tub mill, while others were charged a small percentage of meal.[1] Excess corn and apples were shipped to markets in Knoxville. Ogle’s wife, Lucinda Bradley Ogle, was a local midwife.[3]

Along with the surviving structures and typical mountain farm outbuildings, Ogle’s farm included a so-called “weaner cabin.” A weaner cabin was typically a small cabin near the main house where the farmer’s children could live for a brief period after marrying. Several of Ogle’s sons lived in the Ogle weaner cabin after their respective marriages. The weaner cabin is no longer standing, although a pile of rubble remains from its foundation.[3]

In the 1920s, several investors established a 796-acre (322 ha) commercial apple orchard and ornamental nursery known as “Cherokee Orchard” just south of the Ogle homestead. When the Tennessee Park Commission began buying up property for the creation of the national park in the late 1920s, the owners of Cherokee Orchard threatened to fight a major appropriations for bill for the park’s funding if their land was condemned. The orchard’s owners dropped their opposition in 1931 in exchange for a long lease on the property

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