Noah “Bud” Ogle and his wife Cindy first settled in what is now Gatlinburg in 1879. On their 400 acre farm they built the cabin that still stands near downtown Gatlinburg. Located near the start of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, the Ogle cabin gives a glimpse of what pioneer life was like in the Appalachian Mountains.
In 1977, the Ogle homestead was added to the National Register of Historic Places and it’s currently maintained by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The Ogle cabin is what was known as a “saddlebag” cabin, which means there were two single-pen cabins that were joined by a common chimney.
The Ogle cabin also had a very unique feature for the time….running water. A wooden plume ran from the spring near the cabin up to the back porch. Once there the water poured into a double sink, made from a large log.
The Ogle’s barn, located just above the cabin is known as a four-pen barn. Although once common, this barn is the last remaining four-pen barn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Like the cabin, the barn’s walls are constructed of hewn logs connected by half-dovetail notches.
Ogle’s tub mill is the last of at least 13 tub mills once located along LeConte Creek.