On April 9th, my parents and I visited Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We drove there because we still needed the Tennessee sticker for our RV.
Back in the early 1800s, settlers built their farms in the valley of Cades Cove. Now, an eleven-mile, one-way loop takes visitors on a self-guided tour of the valley. Along the loop, you get to closely explore the historical buildings. The tour included four churches, each with its own cemetery, and seven farms.
At one of the farms, I studied a grist mill in action! The water slowly rotated a big wheel, which turned two smaller and faster wheels. The smallest wheel continually rubbed two rocks together to grind the corn and wheat into flour.
One of my favorite parts of the tour was the Dan Lawson house which had two rooms upstairs unlike the other houses we explored. Another favorite was the Carter Shields Cabin because it had an upstairs window with a lovely view. The middle picture below is the window. In the end, I had a marvelous time at Cades Cove and would like to drive through the Smoky Mountains again!