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Mountain Home—Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains

William "Fighting Billy" Tipton, a veteran of the American Revolution came to Cades Cove in 1821, buying up large tracts of land that he then sold to his sons and relatives and the settlement began to boom. The average size of farms was between 150 and 300 acres.

In 1833, the post office was established with a weekly mail route to the cove coming in 1839. Phone service came in the 1890’s, when Dan Lawson and several neighbors built a phone line all the way to Maryville. By the 1850’s, various roads connected Cades Cove with Tuckaleechee and Montvale Springs, some of which are still maintained as seasonal passes or hiking trails.

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