Fifty Years in Cades Cove Collection

"Fifty Years in Cades Cove," a collection of three handwritten memoirs by John W. Oliver (1878-1966), affords glimpses into the lives of the mountain people of Cades Cove, a small community on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains. Oliver, a resident of Cades Cove, was forced to leave in 1937 after several lawsuits failed to protect his land from becoming part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a source of great pride to Oliver that his ancestors were among the first settlers in Cades Cove. He spent considerable time researching and recording genealogies of the families of Cades Cove and the history of the area. Oliver was a farmer and beekeeper and, for many years, he was Cades Cove's postman and preacher for the Cove's Primitive Baptist Church. "Fifty Years in Cades Cove" includes approximately thirty photographs featuring the Oliver family and significant landmarks in the Cove referenced in the memoirs.
Oliver's memoirs and the accompanying photographs are part of the Dunn-Oliver Collection, 1730-1983 (MS.3690), a large collection documenting the history of Cades Cove. The material was donated by Durwood Dunn, a descendant of John W. Oliver, and author of Cades Cove: The Life and Death of a Southern Appalachian Community, 1818-1937. Click here for the finding aid.