Historic Buildings in the Smokies

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The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the home of over 90 historic log homes, schools, mills, barns, churches, and outbuildings. These buildings are being preserved within the park. The best place in the park to see a good variety of these buildings is Cades Cove which has three churches, a mill, and various log homes and barns in one loop. A great hike for history buffs and nature lovers alike. The Oconaluftee Visitors Center offers a large collection of historic buildings that have been gathered from several places in the park and brought together to make  the Mountain Farm Museum. Just up the road from there, you’ll find Mingus Mill. Though it is no longer surrounded by corn fields, the mill is still in working order. You can even purchase cornmeal ground there! Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail offers views of historic buildings as well as waterfalls without having to get out of the car. A beautiful way to make yourself slow down and enjoy the ride.

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