The History of a Smoky Mountains Paradise: Gatlinburg

Did you know that Gatlinburg was once called the “land of paradise?”  And it’s not just because it’s the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The founding family of Gatlinburg

Ogle was a 19th-century South Carolinian who wished to bring his large family of seven children to the remote beautiful valley with the imposing mountains, numerous creeks, and abundant forests.

White Oak Flats

They established a settlement called White Oak Flats, named after the trees that blanketed the landscape.

The Notorious Mr. Gatlin

Radford Gatlin moved into White Oak Flats in 1854 and constructed the community’s second general store as well the new post office.

Heritage and Art Center

The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, which continues to offer classes, workshops, residencies, conferences, and other programs to carry on this tradition.

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