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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Corn Cribs

 
 
Corn Cribs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
1. Corn Cribs Marker
Inscription. Corn cribs housed the family's most important crop. Corn fed humans and livestock. Families consumed it both fresh and as cornmeal cooked into dishes such as mush and cornbread.

After allowing corn to dry on the stalk, farmers stored it on the cob. The crib provided protection against weather and large animals.

Almost every farm had a corn crib. Some combined a crib and a gear shed, where the farmer also stored tools and implements.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 35° 30.751′ N, 83° 18.267′ W. Marker is in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is on Route 441 half a mile north of Blue Ridge Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at Mountain Farm Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sorghum Mill and Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); The Meathouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Apple House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mountain Farm Museum (within shouting
Corn Cribs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2012
2. Corn Cribs Marker
distance of this marker); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mingus Mill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Place of the Poplar Boundary Tree (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Regarding Corn Cribs. Crib Photos
Both cribs are from the Deep Creek, North Carolina area. These photos show both their original locations
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Marker and Corn Crib at the Mountain Farm Museum image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2012
3. Marker and Corn Crib at the Mountain Farm Museum
Corn Cribs image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
4. Corn Cribs
Corn Cribs image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
5. Corn Cribs
Corn image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
6. Corn
Corn was the most important crop on mountain farms. It was primarily a source of cornmeal and fresh corn, but had other uses as well. The shucks were woven into chair seats, used to stuff mattresses, and made into dolls, hats, rugs, and mops. The leaves of the plant were fed to livestock and dry corncobs made good kindling for starting fires.
A family's corn crop might vary from a few acres to more than 20 acres depending on the size of the farm and the family. Although grown primarily for a family's own use, corn was sometimes a cash crop as well. This variety of corn, Hickory King, was developed in the mid-1800s and was popular in the southern mountains.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 831 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on October 22, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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