Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Cades Cove Missionary Baptist Church


Driving through the Smokey Mountains, we stopped to visit Cades Cove Tennessee, which is the largest open-air museum in the entire Great Smokey Mountain National Park.


The cove was a small community that has been preserved by the National Parks to look as it did in the early 1800’s.  You can explore this beautiful area by hiking, biking or in your car.


One of our finds along the way was the Missionary Baptist Church.  It was formed in 1839 and the members met in homes until 1894 when they built the present building.


Out back is a graveyard and most of the stones are still legible-(I love reading the gravestones in old cemeteries!)


There is an area of daffodils beside the church that was planted by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930’s as they built bridges, roads and trails for the National Park Service.  It is said if you look closely and use your imagination you can see a “message” in the flowers from the company that planted them- it reads –CO.5427.


Sitting inside the church I imagined the many faces of those who came each week for words of hope, promise and salvation to help them through the daily hardships they encountered living on this land.  I am sure they would be surprised-even shocked at the fast pace of living today.


I found myself wanting to linger a little longer in this sanctuary of simpler times-




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