Off to the Walker Family Cabin

Wednesday morning we left our cabin soon after breakfast to head to Smoky Mountains National Park to do a little hiking. Our first stop was at the Little Greenbrier Schoolhouse. We were lucky that the gate was open so we could drive up to the parking area – I understand that isn’t always the case. Later on in the museum we visited in Townsend, we saw a picture from the 1920’s of children sitting at these very desks. That was pretty cool.

Our whole reason for heading to this part of the park was to visit the Walker Family Cabin – one of the best preserved in the park. It was home to a family of four sons and seven daughters, all of whom lived to adulthood. The brothers all married and one sister, and the other sisters continued to live in this cabin until the last one died in the 1960’s. We thought that was very interesting. And as an additional interesting aside, we met a couple from west Georgia while we were at the schoolhouse, and later ran into them again at the cabin. We learned that the lady’s grandfather and then father were the heads of advertising for Rock City, and her grandfather is the one who came up with the idea of painting all of the signs on the roofs of barns throughout the southeast. I loved that 🙂 Here is the cabin through the woods. So picturesque.