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Gatlinburg TN Area Information

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Beginning Of Gatlinburg

William Ogle found his “paradise” in the mountains of East Tennessee teaming with wild food and game. He was determined to bring his family here. He found the best cold water spring he could find and deadened the trees around it. If other white settlers ventured into the area they would know the land had been claimed and would search somewhere else. William went home to raise crops and to prepare for the move. In the process of moving, he was stricken with fever and died in 1803. His widow, Martha Huskey Ogle, wanted to see the land of paradise, and she moving here in 1807. She came with her children, their spouses, and other family members. Other families moved to the area, making a community which they named White Oak Flats.

Radford Gatlin, his wife and a female slave moved to the area in the mid 1850’s. He began to buy property, and registered for a land grand of 5,000 acres. He opened a store in competition with a Mr. Ogle who already had a store. He placed an application with the federal government and was granted permission to open a post office in his store which he named Gatlinburg. Gatlin opened his own church which he called the New Hampshire Baptist Gatlinites. He continued to do things contrary to local customs, and began to anger the citizens. One day some milk cows invaded Mrs. Gatlin’s flowerbed. She began to beat on the cows, but was stopped by the owner of the cows. Mr. Gatlin intervened, and a fight began. A Mr. Ogle, who owned the cows, sued Mr. & Mrs. Gatlin for assault and battery. Many court cases occurred as each side sued and counter-sued. As a result, Radford Gatlin departed Gatlinburg.

In the early 1900’s logging became popular. Andrew Jackson Huff had several lumber camps in the area. Salesman came to the area to buy his lumber, but they had no place to stay. In 1916 Andy built the Mountain View Hotel. The lumbermen went home and described the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. The word spread, and tourists began to visit the area. Stephen Whaley and his son, Dick, built the second hotel in 1937, which they called the Riverside. R. L. Maples, Sr. built the third hotel, the New Gatlinburg Inn, in 1937.

Guest Blog Post by:
Theresa Williams, Genealogist
Sevier County Public Library System

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Winter Weather Helps Ober

The recent cold weather that came through Tennessee and effected much of the United States put some in less than cheery dispositions, but for a select group of adventure seeking Gatlinburg, Tennessee visitors it is a dream come true. That’s because Gatlinburg is home to Tennessee’s only ski resort.

Ober Gatlinburg has been open since 1962 and has provided family entertainment to visitors from all over the world. The ski resort features 8 ski slopes and 6 snow tubing lanes. Not only is it a Tennessee skier‘s paradise, Ober Gatlinburg also features an amusement park with attractions located indoors as well as outdoors. The indoor section of the park includes an ice skating rink, arcade center, bungee run, and a simulated shooting range. The outdoor section of the park includes a chairlift, wildlife encounter, children’s playground, an alpine slide, and 2 water rides.

The cold weather jump started the skiing season earlier than expected and enabled Ober Gatlinburg to open all of their slopes on January 5th which included the infamous “Grizzly.“ This slope is rumored to be a 3,800-foot-long black diamond run that is extremely steep and narrow. It is a run that is only suggested for “expert” class skiers.

With all of the great activities available at Ober Gatlinburg, it’s a sure fit for any of our Gatlinburg cabin guests. For more information on Ober Gatlinburg call 865-436-5423 or visit their website at www.obergatlinburg.com. Weather conditions can rapidly change so please call ahead.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Inspired To Hike

The Cabins For You staff members have long been fans of Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, and this year it was tasked to me to visit the wonderful event. As I sat down to write what the experience had been like for me, I felt overcome with a sense of awe.

I was born a city girl. However, having moved to Tennessee I’ve begun to try and embrace nature and it’s many benefits. There is something highly rewarding about taking in the amazing view from a cabin in Pigeon Forge, breathing the clean air of the Smoky Mountains, and basking in all that is their beauty and grace. Although I have an appreciation of nature, this event inspired me to dig a little deeper and go a little further. I feel inspired to explore, and get more in tune with the breathtaking wildlife in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

The reason for such inspiration is the wonderful representation of wildlife in the Wilderness Wildlife Week display room. While browsing through the many display tables I was fortunate enough to meet an Eagle, four owls, a very dangerous snake, and some pretty interesting people. The history surrounding Gatlinburg, and the spirit behind the Smokies were all conveyed at this event. We hope to post more about all that I learned in the near future.

During Wilderness Wildlife Week one can expect to hear from around 100 experts on subjects from nature, to hiking, to animals, to plants, to photography, and beyond. A combination of lectures, displays, and interactive presentations make for a great experience for people of all ages.

I can now see why our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabin guests have visited Wilderness Wildlife Week in the past. What a wonderful event! To top it all off, the city of Pigeon Forge hosts the event for free.

Enjoy the adventure!

Mikela
Cabins For You Staff Member

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Walk on The Wild Side

Want to Take a Walk on the Wild Side? Pigeon Forge TN has an event for perfect for you and your entire family!

Gatlinburg Tennessee is home to some of the most interesting wildlife in Tennessee. The Smoky Mountains offer a perfect home for bears and birds alike, and many of our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabin guests have enjoyed the experience of being right in the middle of them all. This week the city of Pigeon Forge, TN is hosting a free event entitled “Wilderness Wildlife Week” which is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to learn more about the Smoky Mountains and the animals that call Gatlinburg, TN home.

This year marks the 20th annual Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, and it is sure to entertain. The event features classes covering many topics including fishing, camping, rock formations, photography, snakes, the Smokies, weather, and much more.

This is a perfect opportunity for people staying in our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins to learn more about the wildlife in the Smokies.

Not only does the event feature spectacular classes for adults, there are also classes that are perfect for children too. A few children's events of high interest are:

  • Friday 4:45-5:30pm- KIDS TRACK: Wings of America – Live Bird Show
  • Saturday 10:00-11:30am- KIDS TRACK: Games for the Young at Heart
  • Saturday 1:00-2:00pm- KIDS TRACK: Silly Safaris Show – Live Animal Show

Looking for something a little….different? Here are some classes to try:
  • Thursday 8:00-11:00am– Basic visual Tracking
  • Thursday 11:00-12:00pm– Snakes! Do They Really Do That?
  • Thursday 2:00-3:00pm- Appalachian Funnies – a Clean Joke Contest for Young and Old
  • Thursday 7:30pm- Slow Jam
  • Friday 8:30-10:00pm- Learn to Play the Harmonica in the Key of C
  • Friday 1:00-2:00pm- Unusual Camping Tricks and Gizmos
  • Saturday 5:00-5:45pm The Perry’s Camp Murders- One of Sevier County’s Most Infamous Murders
A schedule of events can be found at Events.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Gatlinburg Attractions

Gatlinburg Tennessee welcomes three new attractions for everyone to enjoy. Now there is even more to choose from when visiting this resort town.

The Gatlinburg Comedy Show, Hypnotized Comedy, will have you wondering how they do that. They take actual volunteers from the audience and hypnotize them. The comedian will have them up on stage doing all kinds of embarrassing tricks for you to remember and share with the rest of your friends and family back home.

Glide Riders - are a unique way to tour Gatlinburg. Rent a segway for every person in your group and hop on. The tour guide will lead you around Gatlinburg on your segway giving you a fun tour throughout the city. They have two types of segways available, sidewalk capable and offroading segways. Either one you pick will give you a fun way to experience the town with your loved ones.

Christ in the Smokies - is located in the center of Gatlinburg. It's a walk through attraction that leads you through biblical times over 2000 years ago. You'll get to see life size recreations of different scenes from the Bible and follow the story of Jesus. It's a family friendly attraction and is wheelchair accessible.

Next time you're in town be sure to stop by all three of these Gatlinburg attractions!

Monday, January 04, 2010

How Much Is A Picture Worth?

That’s right, Cabins For You is handing $250 to the winner of our Holiday photo contest. The Cabins For You staff is extremely excited about all of the entries that have been submitted thus far. We’ve enjoyed them so much that we wanted to share them with our blog readers. The photos below are lots of fun and are all great examples of what you could submit to our photo contest. Although we enjoy these pictures, they’re not necessarily on the top of our list, we just thought they’d be fun to share.


For our holiday giveaway we’re asking as many people as possible to submit a picture and it's description to [email protected]. The picture and story should have something to do with the Smoky Mountains and your family, friends, etc. We’re interested in the story behind the picture so feel free to be as warm and fuzzy, hilariously funny, or breathtakingly heroic as possible with the description.

For Full Details of the Contest Click Here.

After we ate at the Applebarn, some of the women wanted to go to the shops to look around. These are the kinds of pictures that you find when you leave the camera with the guys unattended.


Our first visit to Galinburg was wonderful. We stopped at so many wonderful shops and this was no exception. Its was a pottery shop and they had a wonderful duo playing mountain music outside. Beautiful day, beautiful music!


We didn’t see a bear in the wild but this one was sure hungry!