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Dispatches from the Field: Cultural Resources

Primitive Baptist Church in Cades Cove.

Cultural resources include the buildings, landscapes, sacred places, artifacts, and stories of the Smokies' past.

NPS photo by Ben Zank.

Resource Roundup: Scan highlights of scientific projects and findings for Winter, 2009

Meet the Managers: Cultural Resources

Focus On… The park's past

  • NPS Profile: Uncovering the past WATCH THE PODCAST
  • Partner Profile: Documenting Elkmont
  • Links to… information about cultural resources & archeology, further research, and volunteering opportunities
  • And for those in school… information about education & experience needed to become an expert in cultural resources and archeology

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Did You Know?

Barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center.

The barn at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center is over 50 feet wide and 60 feet long. A modern 2,500 square foot home would fit in the upstairs loft of the barn and over 16,000 hand-split wooden shingles are required to roof it. More...