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Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge History

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge History

  1. William Ogle Visits “The Land of Paradise” William Ogle traveled to the future site of Gatlinburg, TN, a place he called “The Land of Paradise” in 1802.  He was from South Carolina.  He, his wife, Martha Jane, and seven children, has a vision of a bright future.  He cut and hewed logs for a new home. In 1803 he returned to South Carolina, he fell ill and passed away. Martha Jane brought her family to the Smokies in 1807 and finished building the cabin. This historic cabin, the first log home ever built in Gatlinburg, is still standing… Read more »