Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Martha Jane Ogle Cabin

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Location: on The Great Smoky Mountains Pkwy. (U.S. 441) near Cherokee Orchard Rd., Gatlinburg, TN
County: Sevier
Coordinates: N 35° 42.777    W 083° 30.773
  35.71295    -83.51288333
Waymark: None


This cabin is the first house built in what is now Gatlinburg. About 1802, William Ogle selected a building site near here, in what he called "The Land of Paradise." Ogle cut and hewed the logs for the house then returned to South Carolina to bring his family of five sons, two daughters and his wife, Martha Jane. Unfortunately, he fell ill and died in 1803. In 1807, Martha Jane returned with her family and brother, Peter Huskey and his family, and built the cabin you now see. The farm was sold to Pi Beta Phi as the settlement school expanded, in 1921. The cabin was utilized as a hospital and then as a museum of mountain artifacts gathered by the school staff. As the Arrowmont School expanded again in 1969, the cabin was moved and then later moved to its present site (originally the site of the first church building in the community). The cabin has been listed on the National Register of Historic Sites since 1986.