Townsend in Blount County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
An Early Mountain Community
In the early 1900s family farms covered the valley. Self-sufficiency was the rule in those days, but most people made use of the mill, the country store, and the blacksmith shop. The buildings assembled here represent part of a typical mountain community.
Cable Mill is the only building on its original site. The Park Service constructed the blacksmith shop. Other buildings came from sites within the park.
Location. 35° 35.111′ N, 83° 50.597′ W. Marker is in Townsend, Tennessee, in Blount County. Marker can be reached from Cades Cove Loop Road west of Parson Branch Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near the Cades Cove Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Townsend TN 37882, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 1.8 miles away); Tuckaleechee Villages (approx. 7.3 miles away); The Little River Lumber Company (approx. 8.2 miles away); John Mitchel (approx. 9 miles away); Chilhowee Fontana Dam (approx. 9½ miles away in North Carolina); Gamble's Station (approx. 10 miles away); Maryville College (approx. 13½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Townsend.
More about this marker. A picture of the historic buildings on this site appear on the marker. These include the Blacksmith Shop, Cantilever Barn, Flume to Gristmill, John Cable Mill, Gregg-Cable House (residence / boarding house / store), Smokehouse, Corn Crib and Gear Shed, and Sorghum Furnace and Mill.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 554 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.