All descendants, friends and Cades Cove enthusiasts are invited to attend the fifth annual Cades Cove Homecoming beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Cades Cove Museum, located in the historic Thompson-Brown House in Maryville. The event is open to everyone who would like to attend and learn more about life in the Cove before the formation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Admission is free.
Hosted by the Cades Cove Preservation Association, Homecoming will feature music on the hour on the front porch of the historic building. Antique tractors will be displayed, and the museum and gift shop will be open for visitors. Vendors will have wares for sale.
Food will be available for purchase, including hot dogs right off the grill served with homemade chili and all the fixings.
Music was important in the lives of Cades Cove residents and will play a large role in the Homecoming festivities. CCPA President Stephen Weber said, “We will have music all day, starting at 10 that morning on the porch.”
The schedule includes Happy Valley Gospel at 10 a.m.; Buggertown Gap at 11 a.m.; Maddie Carpenter at noon; Hannah Robbins at 1 p.m.; The Sullivan Family at 2 p.m.; and Earl Layhue, who wrote the song, “The People of Cades Cove,” at 3 p.m.
Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating.
Crafts and more will be offered for sale, and several vendors will demonstrate their craft. Booth space is still available at a cost of $25, and vendors must supply their own tables and/or tents. The vendors keep all sales. For information, call the Cades Cove Museum at 982-0705.
Life in the Cove
The day will be a reunion of old friends and families with ties to Cades Cove plus a time to welcome new friends who want to learn more about the Cove. Stories about life prior to the formation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park…