21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Noah "Bud" Ogle Place - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

I captured this image in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in October, 2023 on the Roaring Fork Nature Trail. The Noah "Bud" Ogle Place was a homestead located in the Great Smoky Mountains of Sevier County, in Tennessee. The homestead presently consists of a cabin, barn, and 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. The surviving 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. The native Cherokee people traditionally called the Great Smoky Mountains Shaconage, which translates to “place of the blue smoke.” Euro-American settlers drew from this name in their own label of “Smoky Mountains,” with “Great” being added at some point or another to reflect the massiveness and grandeur of the range. There’s a whitish-blue mistiness to the scenery, a beautiful kind of haze that slightly blurs the long ridges and rounded peaks. The same natural haze explains the name of the broader Southern Appalachian province to which the Great Smokies belong: the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Date Taken: 10.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Gatlingburg, Tennessee, United States of America
Copyright: © Jim Guerard