Smoky Arts and Crafts Community,
known as the Glades, got its start. John
Sometime around 1937, The Great
decided they'd stay home and invite the
tourists to come out to see them. After
years of working the streets of
downtown Gatlinburg, with long hours
and worn out feet, John and his friends
home. They wanted to be near the
source where their tools and supplies
were, they just wanted to stay home and
work... and that's just what they did. As
the visitors started coming, other
craftsmen and artists joined in. Opening
workshops, studios, and galleries most
of them right alongside their homes or
even inside them.
|The History of Gatlinburg's Arts & Crafts
|Using a "state of the art"
shaving horse in 1921.
|An early craft shop in the Arts & Crafts Community,
not so different from what you'll see here today.
For seventy years now people have
been discovering one of Gatlinburg's
best kept secrets, located just 3 miles
from the hustle and bustle of the
downtown city limits of Gatlinburg.
See for yourself, come visit the largest
group of independent artists and
craftsmen in America right here in
Gatlinburg. With over 120 artists and
craftsmen located in a convenient 8
mile loop road all with easy free
parking right outside their doors. This
historic arts and crafts area has been
designated a Tennessee Heritage
Arts & Crafts Trail.
|Lee Ogle making a broom, Ogles
are still making brooms today.
The distinctive logo displayed by member shops is your
assurance of quality handcrafted items within; as you
travel throughout the Community be sure to look for it.
For a relaxing tour of the Community you can take the
Arts & Crafts Trolley. For a one time fare, you'll enjoy a
trip throughout the 8 mile loop. It's a great way to see
everything, offering frequent stops, allowing you to get
on and off as you please. .
|Carting wool, getting
ready to spin for yarn.
|Working with hand tools making quality furniture.
Charles Huskey & Dick Whaley
We know you'll enjoy this once in a lifetime experience to
see history in the making. It's your opportunity to take
home an heirloom and a perfect keepsake of your visit to
the Great Smoky Mountains. Enjoy your time, bring the
kids and be sure to come back the next time you're in
town! Turn at traffic light #3 in downtown Gatlinburg on
|Weaving on a loom, just
like they do today.
|Spinning for yarn getting ready for weaving
on a loom.
Clay Compton working on a lathe.