Saturday, September 26, 2015

heritage tour

Junglebrook: Home of Noah "Bud" Ogle

Special thanks to Judy Collins and the Great Smoky Mountain Association for inviting me to lead a Heritage Tour of the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail last Saturday. It was one of the activities scheduled during their membership weekend.

Our group included folks from Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Illinois. We made stops at the Noah "Bud" Ogle home place, the Bales Cemetery, the Alex Cole Cabin at the Jim Bales Place, the Ephraim Bales place and, finally, to the remarkable Alfred Reagan home site and gristmill.

Caleb & Elizabeth Bales married 1861
Full disclosure: James Wesley "Jim" was my great grandfather, while his brother Ephraim was my great, great granduncle. Alfred Reagan was married to Martha Bales, Jim and Ephraim's sister. They were the three oldest of the nine children of my great, great grandparents Caleb and Elizabeth Bales. 

Alex Cole Cabin (circa 1890) at Jim Bales Place
Roaring Fork Heritage Tour
Ephraim Bales Cabin built 1880
Rough-hewn logs, dovetailed corners, custom built. Need I say more?
Photo by Marilyn Reid
Bales Cemetery
Photo by Tom Simmons
Noah "Bud" Ogle barn at Junglebrook
Photo by Tom Simmons
Photo by Chuck Yost


Dorothy said...

We love visiting the Smoky Mountains and we are fascinated by the small windowless cabins. I can't imagine people living in these small cabins!

Stephen Lyn Bales said...

Hey Dorothy. I agree. But it was more like they were camping. They spent a great deal of time outside; even some of the cooking was done outside. But at any rate, it was harsh living. I have visited a replica of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond and it was tiny. It would easily fit in my living room.