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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cades Cove Methodist Church

Cades Cove Methodist Church

Cades Cove at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular destination in the United States most visited national park. The isolated valley was the home to many early settlers and today several of those sites are well preserved. An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sight-see the wildlife, scenic beauty and historic district structures on the National Register of Historic Places at a leisurely pace.

Inside the Cades Cove Methodist Church

This Cades Cove congregation began modestly meeting in a log structure with a fire pit and dirt floor. It took sixty two years to get a newer more modern building in 1902. Carpenter and pastor, John D. McCampbell built this white frame structure which became the Cades Cove Methodist church.

The buildings two front door design was common in the 1800’s. Generally this two front door design allowed men to enter and sit on one side of the chapel and women and children on the other.
Many churches even had a divider in the middle of the chapel. However, the Cades Cove’s Methodist congregation was more relaxed and sat where they pleased. Records show the builder was simply copying the design of another church building which happened to have the two door design.

Cades Cove Methodist Church and Cemetery

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