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Abandoned—Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains

Settling in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1818 was no easy task, but John and Luraney Oliver did just that. With little more than seed, a few tools, one child and another on the way, the Olivers left Carter county Tennessee for a promise of a better life in Cades Cove, one hundred miles away.

Between clearing the land and building a cabin, they didn't get enough crops harvested before the cold and snow of winter set in. They would have surely starved that first winter if not for the kindness of the Cherokee who shared their food with the Olivers. And survive they did. When the Great Smoky Mountain National Park was formed in 1934, their offspring still lived in Cades Cove.

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