The saddlebag cabin stall stands near downtown Gatlinburg. The Ogle cabin is called saddle bag means there were two single pen cabins that were linked by a common chimney. Noah Bud Ogle and his wife Cindy settled in Gatlinburg in 1879. They build their cabin on their 400 acre according to a typical Southern Appalachian mountain farm. This cabin is the last remaining cabin in the park.
William Ogle and his wife Martha Huskey were the first Euro-American settlers in the Gatlinburg area. They were Noah’s great grandparents. There's no better place to experience Appalachian culture and history than at Gatlinburg. Martha was a strong willed lady and was prepared to face the harshness of the mountains. When her husband passed, he was buried in the land of paradise which he discovered for his family. That paradise is Gatlinburg. In his memory, the cabin was built and today it is a historical site. Soon the descendants of the Ogle family spread out into the nearby valleys. The Ogle cabin also had a very unique feature for the time. It had running water. A wooden plume ran from the river near the cabin up to the back porch. Once there the water emptied into a double sink, made from a large log. As the family grew, another cabin was built. Each cabin had one story and a loft. The walls of the cabin were made with hewn logs and attached by half dovetail notches. The cabin’s windows were initially shuttered and replaced by glass later on. One cabin had a small window near the floor to let chickens in and out.
Ogle’s tub mill is the last of 13 tub mills located along LeConte Creek. It is about a half-mile from Ogle cabin and barn. The purpose of the mill was to connect grindstones with a tub wheel turbine to divert water into it. The Ogle family descendants lived in the cabin until around 1910.
The cabin, since then, has been used as a hospital and as a museum of mountain artefacts. The cabin is a great place to visit and discover the life of a pioneer in the Appalachian Mountains.
Historic Ogle Log Cabin Travel Tips
- Just a nice ride in the mountains and interesting to see the historical cabin.
- A little off the beaten path but worth the trip.
- The cabin is very educational with its historical background.
- It involves a bit of walking so wear appropriate shoes.
- The cabin is a great photo opportunity.
- We stop almost every time we are in the area.
- The parking lot is not too crowded like some of the others.
- Ripley's Aquarium Feeding Frenzy Restaurant: Fast food
- Subway: Sandwiches
- Baskin Robbins Ice Cream & Yogurt: Dessert
- Kilwin's: Ice cream
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7.05% of people who visit Gatlinburg include Historic Ogle Log Cabin in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
50% of people start their Historic Ogle Log Cabin visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Historic Ogle Log Cabin
66.67% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Historic Ogle Log Cabin
Historic Ogle Log Cabin Reviews & Ratings
So enjoyed walking around this property & on the trails. Not really busy like other old homesteads. The walk through the woods to the river was wonderful. This is a gorgeous place. Mountain Laurel was blooming so pretty! Love Roaring Fork Motor Trail.
Nice walk through his property. Trail was a bit overgrown but not terrible. Love the history
Very cool cabin and barn nice trails. We loved it you hv to stop and see this.
This attraction is still in poor shape after the fire two years ago and the winter effects. I have been here in the past and appreciated the attention to detail and timelessness of the rustic cabin and surroundings, but the park system has a ways to go before they have it back in the original condition, I estimate about two more years at the apparent rate of work. Recommended to wait until 2021 to stop here.
Very cool! And we got to experience seeing a mama beat with 3 cubs. Absolutely amazing.