Noah Ogle was Gatlinburg’s first merchant and the Ogle Store established in 1850 was run by generations of Ogles. In 1910, the store was moved to the intersection of River Road and Elkmont Highway where it remained until it was torn down in the mid-1970s to make room for the Mountain Mall.
Arrowmont Campus on the Parkway
Erected by Martha Jane Huskey Ogle around 1807, Gatlinburg’s first cabin still stands in the middle of our bustling downtown. Martha Jane’s great grandson, Andrew Ogle and his family were the last to live in the cabin, abandoning it around 1910.
Since then the historic cabin has been a settlement school, a hospital and a museum of artifacts. Today it resides a short distance from its original site to the former site of the community’s first church.
PI BETA PHI SETTLEMENT SCHOOL
In 1910, Pi Beta Phi, a national women’s organization, brought education to the community where no formal schooling existed. Over the years, the school’s courses expanded to include vocational and home economics training for the community’s adults. In 1921, the school expanded by acquiring an additional 35 acres and today is known as the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
ARROWMONT SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, a national craft education center founded in 1912, offers the opportunity to participate in one-week, two-week and weekend workshops taught by professional practicing artists in state-of-the art studios. Situated on an historic campus in the heart of Gatlinburg, the galleries feature craft exhibitions free to the public.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Although this area was originally settled by Presbyterians, the first church in Gatlinburg was Baptist. Historical records show the White Oak Flats “arm” of the Sevierville Baptist Church convened in the early 1800s on Baskins Creek probably at the present location of the Ogle Cabin.
The first frame church was constructed in 1875 at the corner of Parkway and Baskins Creek Road where today you’ll find a historic plaque on the sidewalk.
GREAT SMOKY ARTS & CRAFTS COMMUNITY
Nestled in an eight-mile motor loop, you’ll find over 100 shops and restaurants in the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts community. It’s the largest community of its type in North America and doesn’t just offer one-of-a-kind products but a real firsthand experience of a big part of the Smoky Mountains history and culture