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Carroll McMahan

The tumbling waters of Wolf Creek have flowed down from Neel’s Gap for a century since September 14, 1917, when acclaimed poet Byron Herbert Reece was born in a one-room hand-hewn log cabin. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

Jun 29, 2017 4:02 PM Sweet Appalachia

New Harp of Columbia

Carroll McMahan photo

Harmonious voices—often described as spirited, soulful, poignant, even haunting—ring out from Middle Creek United Methodist Church in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. These shape-note singers practice an art older than the church where they’ve assembled. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Lily Kusmik’s work begins with 25 pounds of clay and a Louisville Slugger. In those incongruous tools and her own two hands, she sees possibility, creating sculptural porcelain vessels by forming the clay over the fat end of a baseball bat. more

Apr 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

David Crockett Maples

Courtesy of Kirby Smith

In the winter of 1875, Polly Maples had an ominous feeling as her husband prepared to leave her, their children, and the warmth of the hearth in their humble mountain cabin. more

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

The Man, George Masa

Courtesy of Great Smoky Mountains Association/George Masa Collection

In 1933, George Masa, a pivotal figure in the establishment of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the creator of some of the finest black and white photographs of the region, died in Asheville from influenza. more

Aug 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Harm Teaster Harmon Den

Donated photo

Every day travelers by the thousands weave through the Pigeon River Gorge along Interstate 40 between Hartford, Tenn. and Maggie Valley, N.C. Seven miles from the remote state line, a lone sign points toward Harmon Den. more

Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM Good Reads 3 Comments