Cades Cove: the Tipton Place

Cades Cove: the Tipton Place
Tipton Place © William Britten use with permission only
Tipton Place © William Britten use with permission only

William “Fighting Billy” Tipton was Revolutionary War veteran and the first of the Tipton clan to acquire land in the Smoky Mountains. This was in the 1820s under Tennessee’s Land Grant program.

Colonel Hamp Tipton, a veteran of the Civil War, built the two story cabin above in the early 1870s. Miss Lucy and Miss Lizzy were Hamp’s daughters and worked as schoolteachers in the Cove.

The Tipton Place is one of the best examples of the settlers homesteads along the Cades Cove loop road in the Smokies. There’s a stand of old-fashioned bee gums in the back yard, and across the road is a double-pen corn crib and a fine example of a cantilever barn.

Tipton Place © William Britten use with permission only
Tipton Place © William Britten use with permission only
Bee gums © William Britten use with permission only
Bee gums © William Britten use with permission only

The barn pictured below is actually a replica of the original.

Please stop in and visit me to see the complete display of Smoky Mtns Photos at the William Britten Gallery along the historic Arts and Crafts Trail on Glades Road in Gatlinburg, TN.

Cantilever barn © William Britten use with permission only
Cantilever barn © William Britten use with permission only

7 Responses to Cades Cove: the Tipton Place

  1. I visited the Tipton Place today and came away a bit puzzled. Inside the house on one of the walls is located two, for lack of a better term, “peep holes.” Do you have any idea what they were for?
    Thanks,
    louis

  2. Here is the information I received from the Park Service.

    “This represents the remains of a telephone station. Sometime in the 1890s, Dan Lawson the wealthiest man in the Cove at the time enlisted the support of his neighbors to construct a telephone line to Maryville. The Lawson’s store phone was available to everyone in the Cove. Several other homes in the Cove also had telephone service.”

  3. I visited the Tipton Place yesterday and was wondering about the rooms upstairs…can’t figure out what the room with the half wall was used for…anyone know???

  4. Upstairs in the Tipton house there was a room that’s divided halfway with a wall, that looks sort of like a pen of some sort. Can someone tell me what this was used for?

  5. Would like to visit the Tipton place, yes, my husband is in the Fightin” Billy Tipton line although I am just lately using ancestry.com. I would appreciate it if someone could give us address or directions, please.

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