Category Archives: Landscape

I hear tell Mount Sterling is a haunted mountain.. “One of the more riveting stories to come out of Great Smoky Mountain folklore involves a cold-blooded killing of Union sympathizers by Confederate Captain Albert Teague during the waning days of the Civil War. On a raid into Big Creek, Teague captured three outliers of draft […]

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“But there is a boundary to their realm –the boundary of the dark, horrible, lofty forest. There, like the waves about the Hebrides, the low underwood is agitated continually. But there is no wind throughout the heaven. And the tall primeval trees rock eternally hither and thither with a crashing and mighty sound. And from […]

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“A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, For ever flushing round a summer sky.” ~Washington Irving

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The first caretakers of the mountain LeConte were Paul J. Adams and his 90lb German Shepherd, Cumberland Jack. In the fall of 1925, Adams began the work of constructing the first log cabin on the mountain. When he was satisfied with the new structure, Adams settled in and awaited for the first snows of winter. […]

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