Great Smoky Mountains National Park preserves the largest collection of historic log buildings in the East. Among these structures are 20 log homes faithfully protected by the National Park Service. Each is a vivid reminder of rugged, self-reliant, and innovative Americans who lied inextricably tied to the rhythm of the seasons and the whole of the natural world. Their lives were as different from our own as spring differs from fall, and we reflect upon them today with both longing and fearful awe.
This booklet explores the homes and families that populated the Great Smoky Mountains from the pioneer days of the early 19th century to the creation of the national park in 1934. It is published by Great Smoky Mountain Natural History Association, a nonprofit organization that supports the park's educational, scientific, and historical programs.