Back to Nature
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
In this small valley, where the Little River and Jakes Creek converge, lie the vestiges of Daisy Town, one of several resort enclaves established in the early 20th century by urban dwellers who craved the natural beauty and refreshing climate of the Great Smoky Mountains.
As you look down this road lined with cottages imagine a time 100 years ago when visitors arrived by rail, seeking refuge from the pollution and sweltering heat of the city. This summer resort community offered a temporary escape from day-to-day routines and responsibilities. Families played outdoor sports, socialized at the clubhouse, or relaxed on their porches.
A boardwalk constructed from milled wood offered an elevated promenade down to the Appalachian Clubhouse, where members and their guests gathered throughout the summer.
"I will tell you something about Elkmont. It’s a magical place. When I come up here I feel close to God. I love this place, my favorite place in the world to be."
—Eddie Tipton, Elkmont resident
• In the logging era few trees lined the dirt road through Daisy Town.
• One of the Daisy Town houses under construction. City dwellers sought a return to architectural simplicity and harmony with nature.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 35° 39.162′ N, 83° 34.895′ W. Marker is near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker is on Jakes Creek Road B north of Little River Road, on the left when traveling north. Access to Jakes Creek Road B and Little River Road is via Elkmont Road, about 4˝ miles west of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sugarlands Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Daisy Town's Eclectic Architecture (within shouting distance of this marker); Appalachian Clubhouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Appalachian Club (about 500 feet away); Quite a Social Place (about 500 feet away); Rare Mountain Forest (about 500 feet away); Elkmont Historic District: Appalachian Club (about 700 feet away); Spence Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wonderland Hotel (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gatlinburg.
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Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Elkmont Historic District
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1. Smoky Mountains History: Daisy Town, Society Hill, and Millionaires Row. 100 years ago in the early 20th century, the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a bustling center of tourism for the wealthy. The Appalachian Club, Wonderland Hotel, Daisy Town, and Millionaires Row comprised the new Smoky Mountains resort. The Little River Railroad scheduled daily excursions from Knoxville to Elkmont. Eventually the formation of the National Park ceased this kind of development in the Smokies. (Submitted on May 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The abandoned Tennessee ghost town where millionaires vacationed. Hidden within the forests of the Great Smoky Mountains lies a forgotten holiday haven once frequented by East Tennessee's wealthiest families. Now reduced to an eerie ghost town, Elkmont bustled with charming log cabins and plush amenities in the late 19th and 20th centuries. (Submitted on May 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 28, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.