Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
Seeing a cabin in a national park, as in the scene on this quarter, may not seem very strange. After all, camping is popular in national parks, and many parks have cabins that people can rent for their camping adventures. But this cabin is different.
You see, this log cabin wasn't built for park visitors. It was built long before the park was even thought of. It was originally the home of a family of Appalachian Mountain pioneers, one of many families who lived in these Tennessee hills back when the Appalachian (Allegheny) Mountains were considered the western frontier!
This cabin and others like it were built in the 1800s in the fertile valleys between the ridges that form the Smoky Mountains, so named because of the mist that so often covers them. The first pioneers formed farming communities that were mostly self-sufficient, growing their own food and making their own houses and furniture.
When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established a century later, the oldest and strongest houses, churches, barns, and other structures were kept as reminders of the area's history. The park now contains the largest collection of historic log buildings in the East.
But these relics of days gone by are not the only attraction. Abundant wildlife and amazing mountain scenery also help to make this America's most-visited national park.  Find out more about this coin and its theme on the Great Smoky Mountains Quarter page!