Friday, November 15, 2013

Methodist Church on the Cades Cove Loop Road: A simple stop

The Methodist Church in Cades Cove is stop number four on the loop road. The parking lot by the church will hold about 10-12 cars. It is sometimes used for weddings, church services or events. Advance arrangements must be made with the National Park Service or you may get asked to leave.

Methodist Church: Cades Cove
The pretty little white church sits on a small rise. The cemetery dates back to before or about the time of the civil war.

It's construction is interesting in that the front doors are side by side. Normally, one entrance was for women and children and the other entrance was for men.

I'm told that the entrances were never used as designed. The Methodist church borrowed building plans from another church. Members here were free to come or go from either doorway. It is a famous structure.
History tells us that it was built in 115 days for $115 by a pastor named John D. McCampbell. He was the church pastor for many years. We can assume that the construction was quality because the building is still standing and often used.

Step into the church and look around. You'll immediately be taken back into 1902 when the building was constructed. Take a look at the floors and the interior of the church.

Congregation members sat on the hard wood pews. Comfortable chairs that we have today weren't available back then. Kids may be surprised at the lack of air conditioning, heating or media projectors.

How much time you spend here or at any spot on the loop is up to you. There is space to spread out a blanket for a picnic lunch. The Methodist Church is a popular photography spot and people often enjoy walking the path around the old cemetery. Still others enjoy pausing in the church for a moment of prayer before continuing along the Cades Cove Loop Road.