Some of the earliest settlers
organized this church in 1827, and a log building served their needs until 1887.
During the Civil War ill feelings and turmoil
shut the church down, demonstrating that Cades Cove was not immune to outside influences.
Their own official correspondence from the period states: We the Primitive Baptist Church
in Blount County in Cades Cove, do show the public why we have not kept up our church
meeting. It was on account of the Rebellion and we was Union people and the Rebels was too
strong here in Cades Cove. Our preacher was obliged to leave sometimes, and thank God we
once more can meet...
In the cemetery lie
the Oliver's, Gregory's (Gregory's
Bald being named after Russell Gregory), Shields, Anthony's and other who
first populated the Cove. Wander among the graves, but not on them! Notice
the different kinds of stones, the infant burials and other hints of life as
it once was here..