January 9, 2020
As I child I didnít know or care that Cades Cove Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I never stopped to think that Cades Cove was once a real community where real people lived and that the formation of the national park might have come at an unthinkable cost to those who lived within the designated boundaries. I just knew it was a lazy drive (speed is quite limited, 10 MPH as I remember?) with everyone going in one way around the cove with all its old houses, barns, churches, and fences, a bucolic landscape.