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Upland Chronicles: Red Maples remained a humble man

April 18 - Elkmont, TN - One of my favorite places to explore.

Elkmont, Tennessee is located in Sevier County in the Little River Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. Elkmont is home to a large campground, a resort a

Top 5 Reasons to Spend President’s Day Weekend at Our Hotel in Gatlinburg TN

Top 5 Reasons to Spend President’s Day Weekend at Our Hotel in Gatlinburg TN

Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals - Smoky Mountain Cabins in Gatlinburg TN

Melungeons (from melange) are an ethnic group indigenous to the mountains of northeastern Tennessee, racially a mixture of black, white and American Indian. Founded by free mulattos and mestees (Indian-black mix with or without white) from North Carolina, they were in Hancock County before whites arrived there. From the time and location of their origin, the Indian element is probably Saponi and Tutelo, but is usually incorrectly thought to be Cherokee by the Melungeons.

Melungeons

The origins of a group of dark-skinned Appalachian residents once known derisively as the Melungeons has been determined based on genetic testing. Black and white! The proof is on the double helix!

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Silver Dollar City (now Dollywood) | Pigeon Forge, TN

Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge, TN before it was bought out and became Dollywood.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee I love this place.  And the people are the most friendly.  They make you feel at home.  A stone throw away from the mountains and Gatlinburg.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee A stone throw away from the mountains and Gatlinburg.

Appalachian Mountain People and Music | Butter-making, Appalachia, USA, c1917. Photograph taken during Cecil ...

Butter-making, Appalachia, USA, Artist: Cecil Sharp Pictures

Guide to Trout, Fly Fishing - Smoky Mountains - Cherokee Trout Fishing - Fishing Report

Guide to Bass, Trout, Fly Fishing - Smoky Mountains - Cherokee Trout Fishingt

Elkmont Old Towns See my Gatlinburg Vacation Rental at:  http://www.vrbo.com/558850 MyGatlinburgCabin.com

Elkmont Old Towns See my Gatlinburg Vacation Rental at: http://www.vrbo.com/558850 MyGatlinburgCabin.com

The beautiful Smoky Mountains in winter time.

The beautiful Smoky Mountains in winter time.

Gatlinburg Tennessee, Summer 1969

Gatlinburg TN 1969 - On Vacation - WOW, I think this is the same one I rode up in

Clingman's Dome Visitor Information Center.  One of our newest locations -- and the highest!

Clingman's Dome Visitor Information Center. One of our newest locations -- and the highest!

Chimneys and melted electrical boxes were left as an

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge Wildfire Kills Dozens of Structures Damaged or Destroyed

Wonderland Hotel In 1912, a resort hotel, the Wonderland Park Hotel, was constructed on a hill overlooking Elkmont. A group of Knoxville businessmen purchased the Wonderland in 1919 and established the “Wonderland Club.” Over the next two decades, the Appalachian Club and Wonderland Club evolved into elite vacation areas where East Tennessee’s wealthy could gather and …

Pic from the early of the Wonderland Hotel in Elkmont Tennessee.

Main Street in Gatlinburg, Tennessee - July 31 1959

Main Street in Gatlinburg, Tennessee - July 31 1959

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