Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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These points of interest appear in the order of the trip you will take around the Loop Road
01 Sparks Lane 02 John Oliver Place 03 Primitive Baptist Church 04 Methodist Church 05 Hyatt Lane 06 Missionary Baptist Church  07 Rich Mountain Road 08 Cooper Road Trail 09 Elijah Oliver Place 10 Abrams Falls 11 Cable Mill Area 12 Henry Whitehead Place 13 Nature Trail  14 Dan Lawson Place 15 Tipton Place 16 Carter Shields Cabin.



Dan Lawson Place


The best sources agree that Dan Lawson built this house around 1856 (pre-Civil War) on land he bought from his father-in-law, Peter Cable. The older man may have shared in the work, since he was known to have been a good carpenter. Lawson expanded the home from time to time, and acquired additional properties. At one point he owned a solid strip of land from the state line on the ridge behind the house, across the center of the Cove, to the top of the mountains in front.

Some of the better blade work in the Park is in this house. The inside faces of the logs were hewn smooth with an adze, and the ceiling joists were dressed and beaded with a plane. Chinks are battened inside with beveled poplar boards, and filled outside with brick and clay.

The brick chimney is unusual for the time and place. A hole was dug in a nearby clay bank, and partially filled with water. The mixture was worked to proper consistency and a hoe or paddle, then placed into molds to dry. The brick were then stacked and fired. After cooling they were ready to use.

The small outbuildings were the family pantry. The one closer to the house is the granary, and the other a smokehouse. Granaries were fairly rare, as not much wheat was grown here. Corn, a far more widely used crop, was stored in a corn crib, which is another kind of building. Meat was smoked and/or salted to preserve it and stored in the smokehouse. 


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