The Ogle Place

Situated just a couple of miles from Gatlinburg, Tennessee on the Cherokee Orchard Road in the foothills of the Smokies, you will find the homestead of Noah Ogle. Ogle was a farmer who lived here during the late 19th and early 20th century. His cabin and barn still exist, and are maintained by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. His homestead is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ogle home is an example of a “saddleback,” two one-room cabins separated by a common chimney. In terms of square footage, there isn’t much, but I’m guessing the place was quite pleasant during winter and tolerable in summer. Seeing how ordinary people once lived in these parts is a quick reminder that life used to be a whole lot harder than it is now.

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