Cades Cove Methodist Church
Cades Cove Methodist Church is located in The Smoky Mountains National Park in the Cade Cove Loop Road area.
In order to get to the area you take 321 to Townsend, Tennessee. Turn left onto highway 73 until you see the sign for Cades Cove. Turn right onto Laurel Creek Road.
The drive is beautiful and full of old historic barns, buildings and wildlife. I encourage you you take some of the roads that shoot off the main roads and explore the area, not just the loop.
Side Roads Hold Treasures
I thank my husband for driving down some of the old and very washed out roads during our trip to get me back to view the Cades Cove Methodist Church. If he wouldn’t have been along on this trip, I wouldn’t have attempted to drive back and view the church.
History of Cades Cove Methodist Church
In the 1800s there were more Baptist church members than Methodist churches. During this period of time, the Methodist congregation in Cades Cove met in a small log cabin to serve the Lord. When they started to outgrow the location the congregation searched out ideas for another place to worship.
$115.00 To Build A New Church
A group of Methodist faith-based members in Cades Cove got together and raised $115.00. The story goes that JD McCampbell who was a carpenter and blacksmith used the $115.00 and built the church in 115 days in the year 1902. Later JD McCampbell also served as the congregation’s pastor.
The dogwood trees that surround the church were in full bloom and were a majestic ornamental addition to the grounds! Sometimes with Dogwood blossoms, they can have a fishy smell, like something is rotting, but that was not the case here. The blossoms gave a fragrant welcoming scent to the area.
You can really get a sense of the age of the property by taking a walk through the graveyard in back of the church. The stone markers for the graves give you a feel of the history and age of this property.
The inside of the church is wonderful. I staged a picture of the old Bible on the pulpit with a flowering Dogwood blossom that I picked while touring the grounds.
There are plenty of historic buildings and details in the Cades Cove area and all of the park that are just awe-inspiring to me. Must of all the deep roots of the settlers are ingrained in every detail that the park has decided to preserve and let us get a glimpse into the life they lived.
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If you should encounter a bear that decides to charge you, you use the spray against bear to make them retreat.
Bear spray can be purchased ahead of your trip saving you time and money if traveling by vehicle. An important thing to note is you can not take bear spray as a carry on, or in checked luggage on a plane. Also, you can not cross the border into Canada from the United States with bear spray.
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