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Long Ago, Far Away

During the period of extensive lumbering in the Smokies, a virtual town was created by the Little River Lumber Company in that part of the park known as Elkmont. Lumbermen and their families lived here. Deep in what is now the park there were schools, churches, doctors and even baseball fields for Sunday games. As the lumber started to play out, several wealthier individuals mostly from Knoxville, bought small plots of land and built summer cottages. When Tennessee and North Carolina began expropriating the land for a national park in the 30s, many people were granted a life tenancy, including the folks in Tremont. As the ownership of these plots eventually passed to the National Park Service that agency sought to remove the homes allowing nature to reclaim the area. The National Register of Historic Place intervened and the homes are presently in limbo until a decision is reached. Meanwhile, the 72 wood-frame cabins continue to decay and fall to ruin occasioned by the NPS’s de facto demolition by neglect.
This cabin is one of many located along the Little River Trail section.
On May 24, 2004 the Elkmont Historic District was added to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2004 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Dave Petersen Photography18-May-2018 23:17
This image so beautifully conveys a feeling of peace, solitude and relaxation. Something that all of us could use. VV
Jeff Real11-Feb-2018 22:29
This image is so filled with feeling.
It is actually a longing for time and place and beauty
Jean D29-Jun-2016 01:39
Excellent capture and a shame that these cottages will return to decay. ~V
Wintermeer10-May-2016 13:52
Excellent thought evoking capture! ~V~
Alexander Kazakov11-Dec-2015 07:54
Nice capture! V
Dennis Camp20-Jan-2015 01:26
I always loved this picture, cozy in decay. Hope those are not Ash Trees.
Allan Jay08-Jan-2015 01:29
Simply beautiful composition. (V)
Guest 08-Aug-2014 05:15
Tom LeRoy03-Jun-2014 15:34
Simply beautiful work, Buz. An enjoyable image that is truly special. V
fredrcox09-Jan-2014 01:59
Superb capture and history!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)03-Nov-2013 18:52
Exc! V
Unconventional Fotos31-Aug-2008 05:54
Think they would come and let me stay for the weekend? :)
Guest 30-May-2008 14:39
I love it when great pictures like this pop up on the homepage. The comments span a year and a half, a true testament to the quality of the shot. Voted
Lille McGhee13-Apr-2008 16:46
BUZ....HAPPY GREETINGS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - U.S.A. The Autumn Suite Photo Gallery is exquisite, breath-taking, beautiful, tranquil, colorful, silence, a country feel and more. CONGRATULATIONS. There are several favorities; however, "LONG AGO, FAR AWAY" filled my heart with spiritual happiness & job. AWESOME. Tour my two Abstract Galleries & post your comments: ***THANKS*** lille
Guest 18-Mar-2008 19:02
Interesting story, beautiful shot.
Apostolos Tikopoulos08-Mar-2008 20:24
Excellent lighting and colors in this great composition. V.
Licaga24-Feb-2008 20:58
beatiful color and shot
Carol Rollins30-Jun-2007 21:03
Absolutely beautiful, Buz. You captured the feeling of the place along with the beautiful autumn colors and serenity... The background on the cabins makes this even more special. Excellent! Vote.
Guest 12-Apr-2007 20:36
fantastic writeup and awesome shot as ever! :)
Brian McAllister26-Jan-2007 04:35
Gorgeous light and color here Buz. V.
And thanks for the information on the location as well.
Chris Spracklen23-Jan-2007 18:51
Beautiful shot, with great light and colours.
Best regards, Chris
laine8218-Jan-2007 22:36
A beautiful place, Buz...and now I hear karen Carpenter & will continue for a while.
Focus29-Dec-2006 02:11
Very nice shot, and I love the history lesson. TFS.
Peter Stahl27-Dec-2006 06:55
Nice to know the history. Nice setting and beautiful fall colors. Well done Buz!! GMV.
Guest 26-Dec-2006 19:56
Once in a while, it'd be so nice to enjoy the tranquility of this place. Solemn, peaceful with breathtaking view of the surroundings. Lovely shot Buz. Gmv.
Besati20-Dec-2006 16:06
Beautiful shot, Buz! Thanks for the history of the cabins. Indeed the government of Hong Kong should learn about preservation of my past memories, like what Macau has done. Too many historical structures have been destroyed to give way to profit-making property developments.
tomandlinda13-Dec-2006 20:57
Very nice image, Buz. Thanks for the info.
Guest 10-Dec-2006 23:07
A beautiful scene Buz. Good eye!

Gayle P. Clement10-Dec-2006 01:10
Touchingly beautiful, Buz.
Ann Cleeves10-Dec-2006 00:42
Lovely scene and the info is really interesting.Shame..but they make great pictures though.
Richard Calmes09-Dec-2006 00:33
An excellent shot! V
Guest 08-Dec-2006 23:21
Very nice Buz, love the detail and the autumn leaves. V.
Greg Harp08-Dec-2006 23:16
Gorgeous. GMV
Karen Stuebing06-Dec-2006 17:57
Nice autumnal scene with the old house in the woods. Informative commentary too.
Chris Thorpe06-Dec-2006 15:15
Beautiful scene, I enjoyed the local history. Seems a shame to let this structures decay. Vote
Yi Feng05-Dec-2006 22:03
Very beautiful colors and lighting. So lovely! V
carol j. phipps04-Dec-2006 02:13
A story, for sure! Rich, deep colors and atmosphere.
Guest 03-Dec-2006 17:44
One of my favorite places, beautifully presented. v
Guest 03-Dec-2006 05:12
Very nice narrative, Buz. Looks like a cabin I stayed in a couple of years ago...
Guest 03-Dec-2006 04:44
Great shot, interesting history. vote.
Vilone02-Dec-2006 15:16
Beautiful shot! Hope they save it. ~V
Guest 02-Dec-2006 02:58
Photo is beautiful, composition and colors gorgeous and great lighting.
Been to the GSMNP several times and heard of Elkmont, but didn't know about it. Some sample should be preserved, it is part of history. But also should be more effort to locate and reconstruct original settlers structures.
Guest 02-Dec-2006 02:23
Interesting history and beautiful shot!
Guest 02-Dec-2006 02:15
lovely light
warm feeling to it
Joanne Kamo02-Dec-2006 02:10
Looks like a perfect getaway. It looks so beautiful out there now. Vote
Tom Munson02-Dec-2006 01:50
Terrific image Buz. Hopefully some of these can be preserved. Vote
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography02-Dec-2006 00:49
Nice shot and interesting comment.
Richard Vance02-Dec-2006 00:14
Well written photo-essay on this piece of history from the Smokies. I'm not so concerned about those summer cabins but wish they'd preserved more of the real pioneer cabins and structures from the 18th and 19th centuries. Too late now.
Fine presentation, my friend. Voted
poetry66601-Dec-2006 23:55
Great story and image,Buz. Fantastic lighting on those autumn colourful leaves...GMV!!
firstbrook01-Dec-2006 23:49
Excellent image with excellent history......v
wernere0101-Dec-2006 21:50
Fine shot and story. Well, on the one hand it´s part of history, on the other let nature do its work, I would say.
Johnny JAG01-Dec-2006 21:02
I could just move in as it is!
Guest 01-Dec-2006 20:52
Beautiful color to this shot! Love the history lesson. vote
Guest 01-Dec-2006 19:26
History preserved is a good thing. Excellent shot, great background narrative.
Guest 01-Dec-2006 19:06
I hope they save it, I would love to stay there....v
Marco Valk01-Dec-2006 18:42
very nice shot; great composition; vote
Bryan Murahashi01-Dec-2006 18:18
Very nice shot of this little cottage.
Bill Gallagher01-Dec-2006 17:46
Nice shot Buz. I've heard this story before. Mixed feelings here. Visited the park many years ago and would have loved to stay in a place such as the one depicted here.
J. Scott Coile01-Dec-2006 17:02
Slowly fading away :( One day we'll look back on this and wonder where they went.
Guest 01-Dec-2006 16:23
Fascinating and all too familiar history...and great shot.
Guest 01-Dec-2006 16:02
great shot, love the color and the story
Katie Chew01-Dec-2006 15:56
Very nice shot! V
Char01-Dec-2006 15:19
Terrific shot Buz! I love old buildings in the woods like this. I read a lot of Sharyn McCrumb's books and one of the characters in her books lives in a house I imagine looks like this. What a great visual this is for me. GMV
kent larnhill01-Dec-2006 15:02
Well done, great shot!
Guest 01-Dec-2006 14:49
Excellent image Buz, a beautiful setting, voted
petesie01-Dec-2006 14:30
I hope they can come to a consensus that works. All I know is that this looks like a magical place. Perhaps they could save a few. I pray someone has the answer.
Olaf Herrig01-Dec-2006 14:15
A very nice autuum mood!
Rosi Blaurock01-Dec-2006 14:12
Nice shot.
s_barbour01-Dec-2006 13:52
Fantastic composition with wonderful lighting and lovely colour!
Guest 01-Dec-2006 12:52
Wonderful color. Voted.
Martin Wenzel01-Dec-2006 12:51
Wonderful image - a lens and camera combination I use a great deal of the time! Take care.
QUERIDO01-Dec-2006 12:42
very nice shot,vote
Paul Chan01-Dec-2006 12:23
Very nice shot.