The Gatlinburg Surprise

From Elkmont campground we drove to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  I was really surprised by what we found.  My expectations were based on a hodge podge clump of public education I picked up in fourth grade – “Fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, and then there was “One-ith by land, two-ith by sea, and I on the opposite shore shall be ….”  and other stuff about the revolutionary, and civil war.

My minds eye envisioned something like a museum at the end of a dusty road, and hopefully some restaurants near by.  Good gravy what a surprise seeing Gatlinburg all grown up.  It caught me off guard having to pay ten dollars just to park.  It was like going to the Minnesota state fair, complete with attractions, and a lot of people.  BTW, we did eat at great Louisiana Cajun restaurant.

Built by William Ogle in 1802, the Martha Jane Ogle cabin is the first house built in Gatlinburg.   The cabin has been utilized as a schoolhouse, hospital, and museum.

Attractions

Gatlinburg Street Views

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