#2 of 12 Cades Cove Things To Do

Carter Shields Cabin Historical Structure

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Carter Shields Cabin
Written by: David Angotti

The Carter Shields Cabin is the last historical structure you can visit on the eleven-mile, one-way scenic loop through Cades Cove. This small cabin was the home of George Washington “Carter” Shields from 1910 to 1921, but was likely built much earlier around 1880 by William Sparks. Carter Shields, a veteran of┬áthe Civil War, was crippled in 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh and retired here.

This simple, one-bedroom cabin is the only building remaining on the property. The rustic structure sits in a beautiful clearing and has a covered porch and a small loft.

If you are a photographer, this is a must-visit during the springtime. The combination of the dogwood trees in full bloom, split rail fence, frequent wildlife, and the rustic Carter Shields cabin produces in an idyllic photo in a perfect setting.