Elkmont cabin preservation underway; some to be demolished

The evolution of historic Elkmont soon should be taking another step forward.

The historic former logging/resort community in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been in an evolving state since 2009 when the National Park Service announced a plan to preserve part of the community after conducting an environmental impact study from 1992 through 2008.

The plan has been to preserve 19 structures at Elkmont while razing 55. Two of those structures – the Appalachian Clubhouse and Spence Cabin – have already been renovated and preserved. The park has now received funding to preserve four more structures and tear down 29.

Elkmont has been among the park’s most visited attractions. Located off Fighting Creek Gap Road, it began as a logging community in the late 1800s before evolving into a vacation resort. The park allowed owners to keep their cabins there until the early 1990s. It has since fallen into disrepair.

Those scheduled for preservation will be much like the structures in Cades Cove that are stabilized and made safe for visitors to tour.

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