In 1839 a group split from the Primitive Baptist Church to form their own congregation. The structure pictured above was built in 1915.
I visited the church on a bright winter day in February when there were almost no cars on the Cades Cove loop road.
As with many of the historic building in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Missionary Baptist Church has attracted its share of visitors who seem unable to resist marking their visit in some way.
The complete display of my Smoky Mountain Photography can be seen at the William Britten Gallery on Glades Rd in the Morning Mist Village in Gatlinburg.