Photo Record

Object Name Transparency, Slide
Catalog Number 2012.007.024
Description This slide is dated October 1967 and is labeled "Log Cabin Tellico, TN". The photographer is unknown. This image is the Historic Donley Cabin in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Jack Donley began hiding out in wooded area where the cabin now stands in order to avoid fighting for confederate forces. Like many other Mountaineers of the time Donley was a squatter who settled on the land that suited him. Historians believe the cabin was built around 1861. The cabin is constructed of hand hewn logs and reflects English, German and Swiss Chalet style influences. While all three styles are common in the Appalachian area they are not usually combined. Donley travelled west after the end of the civil war where he met and married a Native American woman. The couple later moved back to the Tellico plains area where the lived for the rest of their lives. When Donley passed away in the 1940s he was buried in Coppinger Cemetery in Tellico Plains.
The Babcock Lumber Company purchased 50,000 acres in the North Bald and Tellico River Drainage area in 1916. The company logged very aggressively in the area for the next 7 years. The Forest Department purchased the land and Donely's cabin in 1923. Throughout most of the 20th century, the Donley family was permitted to use the cabin as a summer residence and as a location for making honey.
The Forest Department commissioned the restoration of the cabin in 1993; it continues to be available for rent as a primitive shelter for hikers through the Tellico Ranger District.

Date 1967
Film Size 2.00" x 2.00"
Accession number 2012.007