Destinations: the Ogle cabin

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The Ogle Cabin was occupied by Noah “Bud” Ogle and his family for 42 years.


By Michael Williams

Travelers with an interest in history would be remiss if they did not take a brief self-guided tour of the Ogle Cabin on Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg. The tiny two room cabin was built by Noah “Bud” Ogle in 1883. Ogle lived there until 1925.

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A roaring creek near the Ogle Cabin provided a water source for the family.

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The 5’8 inch high doorways measuring two feet wide indicate the occupants of the home were thin and short. Modern Americans frequently must turn sideways and duck to get through the door.

When Ogle first arrived at the place he made into his home. It was known as “Junglebrook” because of the dense growths of rhododendron and magnolia. Like his neighbors and others that came before him, Ogle utilized an axe, a gun and a plow to transform the inhospitable terrain into a homestead.

The cabin gives some details on the physical stature of the inhabitants. The interior doorways measure roughly 5’8” in height and two feet wide. Many visitors and have to duck  or turn sideways to pass through.

Two fire places were used to warm the cozy home. Less than 100 feet away is a barn with six stalls for cattle and a loft. A trail leads to a gurgling creek which provided a water source for the family. A trail leads down to a corn field and a small mill where the corn was ground into meal. The forest is slowly reclaiming the cornfield and the mill.

The cabin is preserved by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Admission to the cabin is free. It is a leisure half hour trek to the cabin with ample parking. Less than a mile up Historic Nature Trail Road are three trails. One of the trails takes the hiker to Mount LeConte and another trails leads to Rainbow Falls. The Ogle Cabin is open year round.

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The barn has six stalls and a loft. Here the family stored many supplies and food to sustain them during the winter.

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