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Gatlinburg in Sevier County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Ephraim Bales Place

 
 
The Ephraim Bales Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
1. The Ephraim Bales Place Marker
The Ephraim Bales house is one of more than 80 historic buildings preserved in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each stands as a memory to those who built it. Historic buildings like this are national treasures. Once lost, they can never be regained.
Inscription. It would be difficult to find a better place to imagine mountain life than this. Picture yourself growing up here as one of Ephraim and Minerva Bales' nine children. Look around. This was your world. Imagine yourself and 10 others living in this small cabin. Ephraim Bales owned 72 acres here. He farmed 30; the rest remained wooded. This was like many farms along the Roaring Fork, where families scratched a hard living from a very rocky land.
 
Erected by National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 42.441′ N, 83° 28.289′ W. Marker is in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in Sevier County. Marker can be reached from Cherokee Orchard Road. Touch for map. The Great Smoky Mountains Parkway Highway 73 down town Gatlinburg. Turn onto Airport Road. Airport Road becomes Cherokee Orchard Road. Marker is in this post office area: Gatlinburg TN 37738, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Noah "Bud" Ogle Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); Baskins Creek (approx. 2.3 miles away); Martha Jane Ogle Cabin (approx. 2.4 miles away); Village Gate (approx. 2.4 miles away); Gladys Trentham Russell
The Ephraim Bales Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2012
2. The Ephraim Bales Place Marker
(approx. 3.1 miles away); A Wonder of the World (approx. 3.1 miles away); The American Black Bear (approx. 3.3 miles away); Wiley Oakley (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gatlinburg.
 
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The Ephraim Bales Place Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
3. The Ephraim Bales Place Marker
Ephraim Bales Main House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 5, 2012
4. Ephraim Bales Main House
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
5. The Ephraim Bales Place
The Bales home around 1935. The photo was taken from the other side of the house, which historically was the front. You are facing the back.
The two halves were probably built at different times around 1800-1900. The larger half was the living area the smaller, the kitchen.
Minerva "Nervy" Bales image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
6. Minerva "Nervy" Bales
Minerva "Nervy" Bales, cirea 1930. Ephraim had died around 1926. The Bales family lived here from about 1890 to about 1930.
Notice the boards on the wall on the right side of the photo. As families were able, they covered their homes with siding and often built frame additions.
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
7. The Ephraim Bales Place
The Bales Place, circa 1930, looking back this way from the hill beyond the house. The old road passed between the barn and the house. Notice the openness of the land, which Ephraim Bales once farmed.
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
8. The Ephraim Bales Place
Looking from the house to the barn. You can see the old road bed in front of the fence.
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
9. The Ephraim Bales Place
As you explore the house, try to find this "granny hole," the cabin's only window. Doors and windows were small-and few-to conserve heat and minimuze cutting structual logs.
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
10. The Ephraim Bales Place
This door is maybe 4' foot high.
The Ephraim Bales Place image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
11. The Ephraim Bales Place
The structures on the site today are original, but not all of the original buildings survived. At one time there was a wood shed, and possibly other structures.
Corn Crib image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
12. Corn Crib
Hog Pen image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
13. Hog Pen
View From the Barn image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
14. View From the Barn
Old Road Bed image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, March 14, 2009
15. Old Road Bed
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,712 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   4. submitted on August 15, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on July 1, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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