Cades Cover – A Personal History
by Judge William Wayne Oliver
This true story of growing up in Cades Cove, now a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was very well written and clearly evoked what life must have been like for these hardy souls. Judge Oliver was the descendant of John and Lucretia Oliver, the original settlers in the Cove. He lived there from his birth in 1907 through the creation of the national park. He knew or was related to everyone in the Cove, and his stories about the daily lives of his ancestors, supplemented by photographs and copies of documents, really brought them to life. Reading this while visiting the Cades Cove section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park added an extra layer of meaning and enjoyment to our summer trip. Oliver’s memoir enabled me to really imagine the people who once populated this beautiful and remote area.