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The John Oliver Cabin

Posted by
Jerry (Tampa, United States) on 25 May 2007 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

The Olivers bought land in the Cove in 1826 and this cabin site remained in the family until the Park was established. The house is typical of many found on the eastern frontier in the mid-1850s, and reflects the skills and techniques brought into the mountains by descendants of British and European immigrants.

The round logs were scored first along their length with a felling axe, then hewn with a broad axe. The notched corners need no pegs or nails, as gravity locks them together. Chinks (open spaces between the logs) were filled with mud to seal out wind and rain. The stone chimney was laid in mud mortar. Windows and doors are typically small, to conserve heat, and maintain the strength of the building. Split wooden shingles, the most common material used here, cover the roof. The materials to build this house are growing or lying all around you. Could you duplicate this shelter if need be?

Privacy in the home was rare. Life centered in the main room. Children were welcomed. The more kids, the lighter the farm work. Older folk lived here, too. A head count of ten to twelve under one roof was not unusual. The home was a business, school, hospital, orphanage, nursing home and poor house.

Canon EOS 30D 1/60 second F/4.0 ISO 100 70 mm

Kairospix from Singapore

sorry but who is John Oliver? tks
anyways nice capture of the cabin!
looks like a nice place to stay

25 May 2007 1:35pm

amy from Rocky Mountain House, AB, Canada

Great shot! There's a wonderful reflection in the front window.. love these old houses full of history! ;-)

25 May 2007 2:53pm

claude from Metz, France

Beautiful little house, it seems to be a very peaceful place! Nice shot!

25 May 2007 3:32pm

Sarah from Gainesville, United States

Old log cabins are such neat places! Great shot, Jerry!

25 May 2007 4:18pm

DTW from Orlando, United States

I've been there! Very nice shot; thanks for the info too.

25 May 2007 4:53pm

hCreatives from Santa Clara, United States

Great shot! I like this pic. I find the colors wonderful!

26 May 2007 5:16am

kaveh from TEHRAN, Iran

beautiful shot jerry! the sharping and contrast is perfect.

26 May 2007 5:34am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful - the lighting is just perfect. Such a peaceful "feel" to the photo.

26 May 2007 10:13am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

What history this log cabin must hold within it's walls. I love to think about what it was like to live like that back in the day. By today's standards I'm sure this is would be considered sub-standard living, but back then it was probably considered adequate. Perception changes with the times.

Great shot.

26 May 2007 10:49am

Rahul from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Superb shot bro, very crisp and fantastic contrast. The lighting is just perfect. :-)

26 May 2007 4:23pm

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Perfect exposure!

26 May 2007 5:00pm

Erik from Hurdegaryp, Netherlands

How romantic, just like the picture. I try to understand how these people must have lived, without cars, TV, pc, telephone, shopping mall etc. And how their safety (robbers and burglars) and health was like. I undertstand now a little about free gun possession in the USA, heaving read your post.

26 May 2007 7:35pm

Reza from Montreal, Canada

Great light and colors !

27 May 2007 2:19am

KM Faisal from Kalpakanchery,Kerala, India

entriched with greenary i like it

27 May 2007 1:56pm

Anne from White Rock, Canada

Just love this photo Jerry! Agree with everyone above and I like the angle you chose to photograph the cabin - gives it great perspective! :-D

27 May 2007 9:50pm

Navin Harish from Mumbai, India

Very cool image and I like how you have described it

28 May 2007 8:40am

alla from Toronto, Canada

Lovely cabin :) Great shot!

PS: I realized that you are the first one who commented on my very first picture back in March. Today is my 80th post. (I feel old for some reason!)
Just wanted to say THANKS for checking out my blog and inspiring me to post more photos!

28 May 2007 1:21pm

Evi from Athens, Greece

I wish i was there :0)
Nice shot, Jerry !

29 May 2007 11:32am

Kim from Newcomerstown, OH, United States

Beautiful shot! I love old log homes!

31 May 2007 1:43pm

Yvon from Meerkerk, Netherlands

Beautiful house, great shot. Love the very green background.

1 Jun 2007 3:48pm

William from Sacramento, United States

great cabin, hard to imagine living there with lots of kids

8 Jun 2007 6:09pm

Nadine from Montréal, Canada

Very nice, love the light !

15 Jun 2007 3:44pm

Daroru from Amagasaki, Japan

When I was at university, I spent a semester at Maryville College, right near here, on an exchange program. I have great memories of visiting Cades Cove. Someone else on the site posted pictures from here fairly recently, but I can't remember who unfortunately...

8 Jul 2007 2:53pm

@Daroru: Thanks Daroru! We LOVE Maryville and that whole area! We will retire there is about 5 years!

Double KK Photography from West Richland, United States

great photo love the colors good job

25 Jul 2007 1:19pm

@Double KK Photography: I appreciate the awesome comments! :-))

Canon EOS 30D
1/60 second
ISO 100
70 mm