Our Guest Shared the Joy!

During the winter season the Smoky Mountain area delights its guest with an array of glistening lights. As the participation throughout the area has increased, more visuals are added with each turning year. So, we decided to ask our guest what about Winterfest and Winter Magic allures you to the Smokies, what is it that brings you or your loved ones joy? Is is it the season, the lights, the events, or the ambiance of a winter cabin? We asked that our participants submit photos that display and give visual representation of their Joy. The fun behind this particular contest, was that the meaning was different to each person. Here are a few samples submitted by Share the Joy contestants.

Photo Contest

Our winner was Nancy Colby for the city of Gatlinburg during the winter, gives her joy. Nancy was awarded a gift certificate for a FREE 2 Night Stay in one of our 2 Bedroom cabins. We enjoy interacting with our guest throughout the year and our photo contests are just one of the avenues in which we do that. We always like to see what brings you here to the Smokies, lookout for the next photo contest for spring is in the air!

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Traditions of Rural Mountain Women Event

lye-soap-making

True Southern hospitality had its humble beginnings with Smoky Mountain pioneer women. Everyone was always fed and friends and family always had a place to stay and visit. What little they had they gave graciously. The mountain women ran the home, worked hard for what they had and cared for everyone in the household. The national park staff and volunteers will perform live demonstrations of lye soap making, sewing, corn shuck crafts, hearth cooking, and traditional mountain music. Exhibits of artifacts and historic photographs will also be on display offering a glimpse of the past life of the mountain women. The Davis-Queen house will also be open to visitors, including an audio exhibit featuring the last child born in the house.

Corn Shuck Crafts

Corn Shuck Crafts

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hosting a very special event honoring the traditions of rural Appalachian Mountain women on June 15, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. The event will be held at the Mountain Farm Museum located next to the national park’s Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Newfound Gap Road, U.S. Highway 441), 2 miles north of Cherokee, North Carolina. This event is free and open to the public.

There are often seen Bull Elk in the field beside the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. Make sure to watch for these magnificent creatures!

Bull Elk

Bull Elk

Barn at Mountain Farm Museum

Barn at Mountain Farm Museum