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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Elkmont: Then and Now

This children's playhouse, known as Adamless Eden, was built in 1921 and is situated on the Addicks Cabin property in the Daisy Town section of Elkmont.

Adamless Eden Child's Cabin in Elkmont

Nineteen of the 74 historic structures in the Elkmont area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are slated to be preserved under a final plan issued by the National Park Service in May, 2009. The decision ends a seven-year process during which the agency looked at everything from razing all the structures to preserving them. A former logging camp, Elkmont became a vacation destination in the early 1900s before the park was established. The structures continued to be used until 1992 and some after that. Park personnel state that the final plan "strikes a balance between preserving natural and cultural resources." The remaining 56 buildings will be removed and the sites returned to a natural state.

Kentucky Lady's Slippers

Recently Al and I discovered over 100 Kentucky Lady's Slippers on one of our jaunts. Needless to say, we were ecstatic. Enjoy a few of our photographs of these most lovely and rare wildflowers.