Cades Cove Homes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are one of the few places that you will be able to see the historical homes. I know that for me going into the Cades Cove Homes is a great benefit of traveling to Gatlinburg. I know that without Cades Cove Homes available to preserve some of the historical layout of homes that some of our younger generations will never see how people lived before we had all the modern day technologies that help us out now. One of the many Cades Cove Homes that people might drive on by was built by Elijah Oliver. Now the reason why people might drive by this Cades Cove Home is because it has a trail that you have to walk that is almost a half mile long.
However, I would not recommend that you drive past this wonderful stop on the Cades Cove Homes that you can see. I know that for me even though it is a lengthy walk to see this home it is well worth the walk. I know that many people will argue that all the Cades Cove Homes are the exact same, but I would have to say that the park service has done a wonderful job of providing many of the different historical styles.
Now though this stop while looking at the Cades Cove Homes will require you to walk you will be able to venture down this great trail and hopefully the natural spring that is running will not have the path to soaked, but typically you will not have a problem or at least I have never had that problem while walking back to the Elijah Oliver place.
One thing that you will notice that is extremely different at this Cades Cove Home versus the other Cades Cove Homes is that you will be able to see what looks like an entire homestead. I know that this is a great place to be able to see some wonderful examples of the corn storage and how they maintained the hogs in a little hog pen. The Elijah Oliver place will also allow you to see some of the other storage methods and will give you a great idea of how they housed strangers in Cades Cove Homes.
If you are lucky enough while walking on the trail you will even be able to see and hear the birds. I know that is different than some of the other Cades Cove Homes because they are located in the area right next to the road. The best part is as you approach the natural spring you will be able to hear the babbling of the spring as it flows, when you reach the spring you will know that you are getting closer to the home as well! I know that if you are able to visit Cades Cove Homes you will want to stop and take a walk back to the Elijah Oliver place.