Saturday, April 08, 2006

Monuments of time past

Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park showcases what remains of a mountain community from the mid-1800s. Several churches are located throughout the cove. I posted a photo of the Primitive Baptist Church last July, and recently revisited the structure and its adjoining cemetary.

The church played a central role in the community, as major life events were recognized and in the cases of many pioneering families, became a final resting place. The grave marker is a monument to a life once lived. The cove and its buildings a monument to a way of life.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.

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