The Walker Sisters

The six Walker sisters lived all their lives in this house, from the 1870’s up till 1964 when Louisa Walker died. They were truly self-reliant Smoky Mountain folks, the Walker Sisters.


By 1936, all the residents of Little Greenbrier were bought out by the State of Tennessee and the Park Service in order to get land for the new National park. Only the Walker Sisters were allowed to remain until they died. The last sister died in 1964, and today their house and grounds remain as mute testimony to their self-reliant lives.

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Photo of the six unmarried Walker Sisters and their dad and brother, taken by Jim Shelton around 1918


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The last two living Walker Sisters (Louisa and Margaret) outside their home in Little Greenbrier in the Smokies.

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