Carter Shields Cabin in Winter

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Set in the shade of a beautiful clearing, the Carter-Shields cabin sits quietly, peacefully in a glen of trees cloaked in an early December snow. There is uncertainty when it was built, but some records suggest it was around 1820, when George Shields fled to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains to flee the typhoid epidemic. From 1910-1921, this simple one bedroom cabin became home to George Washington "Carter" Shields, who had been injured in the Battle of Shilo in 1862. Another century later and this simple cabin remains a place to find serenity and quiet repose. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.