Noah “Bud” Ogle Place
The Noah “Bud” Ogle Place was a homestead in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. It consists of a cabin, a barn, and a tub mill built by mountain farmer Noah “Bud” Ogle (1863–1913) in the late 19th century.
In 1977, the homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and is currently maintained by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
My family and I were hiking nearby and after getting back in the car and heading down the mountain, we came across this National historic farm. Of course we had to see!
On another trip to Gatlingburg, we did photo shoot with the kids all sitting on the front porch and it was really cool. Look at this great old cabin and tell me that’s not the greatest place for Gatlinburg family picture!
According to Wikipedia, the structures at the Noah Ogle Place are characteristic of a typical 19th-century Southern Appalachian mountain farm. Ogle’s cabin is a type known as a “saddlebag” cabin (two single-pen cabins joined by a common chimney), which was a relatively rare design in the region.
Ogle’s barn is an excellent example of a four-pen barn, a design once common in the area, although this barn is the last remaining four-pen barn in the park. Ogle’s tub mill is the park’s last surviving operational tub mill and one of the few operational tub mills in the region.
A later owner of the Ogle farm renamed the farm “Junglebrook,” and the farm is thus sometimes referred to as the “Junglebrook Historic District.”
Yep, that’s me on the front porch
Wikipedia: The Ogle barn is the last remaining four-pen barn in the park. It consists of four 11-square-foot (1.0 m2) pens, each one story with a loft, covered by a split-shingled roof. Like the cabin, the barn’s walls are constructed of hewn logs connected by half-dovetail notches. The park service made numerous repairs to the barn in the 1960’s.
Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry
Ogle Tub Mill
(Viewed from LeConte Creek)
Wikipedia: Ogle’s tub mill is the last of at least 13 tub mills once located along LeConte Creek. The millhouse is an 11-foot (3.4 m) by 11-foot (3.4 m) building resting on mudsills and round log supports above LeConte Creek, about a half-mile from Ogle cabin and barn. The walls consist of logs connected with saddle notches, and the floor consists of hewn puncheon logs. A vertical shaft beneath the millhouse connects the grindstones with a “tub wheel” turbine. An 80-foot (24 m) hollowed-log flume diverts water from the creek to the turbine. The mill was restored to its operational condition in the 1960’s.
Photo Credit: Brian Stansberry
Randall Ogle Gallery: After visiting the Ogle Homestead, I had the great opportunity to meet Randall Ogle whose relatives owned this farm. If you’re in the Pigeon Forge area, be sure to visit both the Ogle Homestead and then stop by Randall’s gallery and say, “Hey”. He and wife Jayne would love to meet you.
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Debbie (with my awesome niece, Anna Beth)