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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?

Fontana Lake is formed by Fontana Dam.

At 480 feet, Fontana Dam, located on the southwestern boundary of the park, is the tallest concrete dam east of the Rocky Mountains. The dam impounds the Little Tennessee River forming Fontana Lake and produces hydroelectric power. More...