Nestled in the lush Little River Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the Elkmont Historic District. The site has played multiple roles over many years. It was home to East Tennessee’s earliest settlers, a 19th-century logging camp and railroad line, and the Smokies’ most popular public campground. Elkmont is also the park’s most controversial historic district.
The story begins in 1908 when the Little River Lumber Company established the town of Elkmont as a base for logging operations and site of a railroad devoted to timber removal. Within two years, 86,000 acres of the Smokies had been cut, and the lumber company began deeding land to Knoxville businessmen who constructed cabins as weekend retreats and summer homes.... Read More →
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