This page shares the wonder of Cades Cove! We are so interested in the natural beauty and human history of Cades Cove that we are producing a 10-part international-award-winning cultural documentary mini-series on DVD which focuses on the historical accounts of former residents, descendants and National Park Service in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nine are completed and have been released. The tenth and last DVD in the series is planned to be released in December 2023 if all goes well!
In this collection, we learn about and view Cades Cove via our trips on the Loop Road, Sparks Lane, Hyatt Lane, Forge Creek Road, Parsons Branch Road, Rich Mountain Road, and Little River Road. We show what is visible today and also show and discuss what was once there. We highlight delightful, endearing, tragic, and inspiring family stories through interviews with people who lived there and regional historians. Local accounts, histories and stories are paralleled with regional and world events such as the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Flu Pandemic of 1918, the formation of the Civil Conservation Corps, and the exodus of Cades Cove people who had to sell their land to Tennessee and North Carolina so that the area could become Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Each DVD is about 2 hours on 2 discs, and the last one may be 3 hours. Special topics are shared: the old trails of the Cherokee - the formation and geology of the Appalachian Mountains - the impact of and importance of flowing water in Cades Cove - the history of use of the Balds and the herders who lived there - the direct impact of the Civil War on Cades Cove residents - the Original Myers Cades Cove Riding Stables - murder, moonshine and revenuers - going to market with produce - mail delivery, cemeteries and churches, neighborhood stores and rolling stores - the founders of Cades Cove - geneology and research of families - doctors and preachers - schools and teachers - corn, honey, apples, chestnuts, iron ore - families who opted to pay leases and remain in Cades Cove as Park tourists were beginning to visit - nearby communities such as Chestnut Flats, the White Oak Sinks, and Hazel Creek plus the flooding of nearby towns for the building of Fontana Dam - an example of a typical old vintage cabin and what it was stocked with - the caves, wildlife, flowers, fields, crops, livestock, industries, mountains, streams, forests, daily activities and schools - the challenges that Cades Cove residents endured in the Cove and also when they had to eventually abandon their lands and homes - today's efforts of the preservation of the human history of Cades Cove, including assistance from and hard work by Cades Cove Preservation Association, National Park Service and others - and much, much more.
"Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced its second busiest year ever in 2022 with 12,937,633 visits. Last year’s visitation was more than 1.5 million above the park’s ten-year average, and more than the visitation of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. This marks the fourth time the Park has exceeded 12 million yearly visits." (Source: NPS 02/27/2023) - And Cades Cove is one of the most popular areas of GSMNP to visit, with over 2 million visits per year.
Our Cades Cove documentary DVDs include: Voices of Cades Cove, Part 1: A Sense of Place - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 2: Amazing Grace - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 3: 'Til We Meet Again - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 4: Winds of Change - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 5: A Full Life - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 6: Water Works - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 7: As Sweet As Honey - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 8: Shattered Peace - Voices of Cades Cove, Part 9: Of Another Time - COMING IN 2023: Voices of Cades Cove, Part 10: Coming Home (end of the series)
It has been our pleasure to visit Cades Cove through so many years, and it has been our honor and privilege to get to know the former residents and descendants of Cades Cove as well as National Park Service staff and other local historians during the making of this important project for such a long time. This cultural / human history documentary collection joins our wildlife and nature documentary collection, which together with our other video production and post-production activities, public speaking and booth events, photography and videography, artwork and writings, our research, our website and retail offerings at www.CoveBear.com and in stores and libraries, our social media connections at Facebook, as well as our educational charitable efforts, all combine to show that Kate Marshall Graphics work is not just a job: it is a legacy.
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