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Incredible Barn in the Great Smoky Mountains

Here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee there was an amazing loop road called Cades Cove where there used to be a large group (town) spread out over 11 miles in the high meadows up in the mountains. When the National Park opened up they with the willing help of the inhabitants, took over the town and the people all moved out. They left behind dozens of log and clapboard homes, barns, mills, churches and farms. You can visit them all. The most amazing structure was this log barn. I saw this style in several places where the barn’s second floor is way bigger than the base and overhangs in a cantilevered fashion with huge tapered logs holding up the second floor. Note the central passageway through the barn that allows the wagon to go through and unload or load the hay and then store the wagon later. If you think this looks unwieldy and could never last, then know it has been around since the 1800’s.

The lower image is a birdhouse at the Visitor Center in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Written by JessButtery

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