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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevier County, Tennessee, is the Bud Ogle Cabin, part of the old Noah “Bud” Ogle homestead. “Bud” built the cabin in the late 19th century (circa 1880). All that remains of the homestead is the surviving cabin, barn and tub mill which were added to the National Register of Historic Places and are preserved by the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
The structures are mostly typical of 19th-century Appalachian mountain farms, however the cabin is termed “saddlebag”, which are two separate or single-pen cabins joined by a common chimney, and is a scarcer design for that time in the region. The two pens were built roughly five years apart as “Bud’s” family grew in size. Over time, his 400 acre farm was subdivided among his children, leaving only 150 acres of the original farm by the early 20th century.
Each of the pens comprising “Bud’s” cabin are 18 feet by 20 feet and include one story and a loft. The walls are of felled logs connected by half-dovetail notches. There are six doors in total, including two beside the chimney to allow for easy passage between the pens. The design is the same for both pens, each having split-oak shingles for roofs, sawn-board flooring and fireplaces made from rubble. The glass windows were originally shuttered and there is even a small window near the floor which allowed chickens to enter in order to escape predators. There is also a covered porch which spans the fronts and backs of each of the cabins.It is unfortunate that “Bud’s” weaner cabin no longer stands, and has been reduced to a pile of rubble. Typically weaner cabins were smaller huts set off from the main cabin where the children lived for short periods of time after marriage. It is said that several of “Bud’s” nine offspring utilized the weaner cabin.
Before the Great Smoky Mountain National Park took over maintenance of the Bud Ogle cabin, a later owner of the Ogle farm renamed it “Junglebrook” and the farm is sometimes still referred to as the Junglebrook Historic District despite the homestead being built and owned for many decades by Bud Ogle and wife Lucinda Bradley.
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