John Ownby Cabin

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John Ownby Cabin
Front of the cabin
John Ownby Cabin is located in Tennessee
John Ownby Cabin
John Ownby Cabin is located in the US
John Ownby Cabin
Location 3 miles south of Gatlinburg off State Route 73 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearest city Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Coordinates 35°41′22″N 83°32′50″W / 35.68944°N 83.54722°W / 35.68944; -83.54722Coordinates: 35°41′22″N 83°32′50″W / 35.68944°N 83.54722°W / 35.68944; -83.54722
Area less than one acre
Built 1860
NRHP Reference # 76000167[1]
Added to NRHP January 1, 1976

The John Ownby Cabin is a historic cabin in Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. Located in The Sugarlands, it lies within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was built in 1860, and is the last surviving structure from the pre-park Forks-of-the-River community. Repairs were carried out on the dilapidated cabin in 1964, which included replacing the front porch, and the cabin was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[2] The cabin currently stands along the Sugarlands Nature Trail, an interpretive trail accessible behind the Sugarlands Visitor Center.

The cabin is a one-story, single-pen cabin measuring 20 feet (6.1 m) by 18 feet (5.5 m). The walls are built of hewn white pine and poplar logs with dove-tail notching. The cabin's interior contains a sawn board floor, and lacks a loft. The 4-foot (1.2 m) porch consists of sawn boards over a hewn log sill. The cabin's gabled roof is covered with split oak shingles, and the roof of the porch, which is slightly lower than the cabin roof, is supported by hardwood posts. The cabin has two board and batten doors and two windows, and a chimney constructed of rubble and red clay.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Gordon, National Registration of Historic Places Nomination Form for John Ownby Cabin, 2 August 1973. Retrieved: 2009-09-21.