Addicks Cabin & Adamless Eden

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Client: National Park Service

Scope of Services: Historic Structure Report & Site Recordation

In the early-twentieth century, logging companies in eastern Tennessee constructed cabins for the workers near the railroad tracks. Workmen communities were made up of these “set-off houses,” so called because the units were set off onto the ground next to the tracks and often moved to the next logging location. Executives of the logging companies later moved some of the cabins to remote regions of the mountains to use as their personal fishing and hunting cabins. By the end of the second decade of the twentieth century, several private clubs were being formed near the community of Elkmont, Tennessee, and logging company executives joined those clubs, revamping their hunting/fishing cabins for family recreation.

The Addicks Cabin is one such residence. It consists of three set-off cabins joined together and expanded with enclosed bathroom, kitchen and other ancillary spaces. Adamless Eden is the small log playhouse built adjacent to the family’s cabin. The yard was elaborately subdivided with playful garden constructions, including stone patios, walks, walls, steps, garden edging and fish pond. These important site features were recorded as part of the Historic Structure Report. Preservation recommendations were included for implementation by Park Service staff.