In 1973, while driving in the hills just west of Smoky Mountain National Park, you would frequently encounter sights like this. Although it may have been a house at one time, no one was living in this when I photographed it. It was being used as a tool shed.

Despite its dilapidated condition, this is a tribute to the sturdiness of pioneer construction techniques. The first White settlers entered this area in 1769. It’s hard to say when this was built, but I would guess it was sometime in the 1800s.