Forever Places

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s collection of historic cabins, churches, mills and barns weave together the story of these mountains. Many of the structures are in critical need of repair, so Friends of the Smokies introduced a new, unique opportunity to support preservation efforts called “Forever Places.” This endowment was established in 2020, with a goal of raising $9 million, and we are over halfway there!

So far, the funds raised for Forever Places supports the hiring of two highly skilled historic preservation crew members. Together, we can ensure these places aren’t lost forever. Your support will guarantee that these pieces of mountain history will be recounted for all of time, and that visitors can still walk in the footsteps of those who once called the Smokies home.

For more information about Forever Places, contact Marielle DeJong at marielle@friendsofthesmokies.org.

Forever Places Completed Projects

Walker Sisters Cabin Restoration

The Forever Places crew replaced the roof and portions of the wall timbers, stabilized the foundation, added new floorboards, and restored the fireplace.