When we bought Southern Serenity, our Gatlinburg Log Cabin, we wanted to do some redecorating to make the cabin our own. It was evident a fresh coat of paint and some updated furniture and decorations were in order.
In the loft there was a pair of decorative snow shoes hanging on the wall, but since they were hung on either side of a picture they looked more like tennis rackets! Here is what the loft looked like before we had our way with it.
I really liked the theme of hiking and wanted to keep that going in the loft. I had seen large maps of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park all around Gatlinburg that were really cool and interesting, the challenge would be to find a map that was suitable.
I found a map of the park that was very old looking and I loved it! I bought it and we hung it on the freshly painted wall in the loft next to the snow shoes. Here is a picture of the guys hanging the map and snow shoes (and being very patient!) on our freshly painted wall.
I often wondered where the original map was from. It was obvious an old map was used to make this picture of a map. I could tell it was probably an ‘official’ map as it had topographical markings, the mountain peaks are identified, and there are distances for driving and hiking. The people in the pictures are dressed in styles from the mid-20th century I thought. You could also see where the fold lines were in the original.
Then one day while I was trolling the internet I found it – our map! In fact it is the same EXACT map we have on the wall in the loft at the log cabin! How do I know this? On closer examination it looks as though someone took a red marker to a location on the original, and that same red circle can be seen on our map. This was probably the only copy the government had left to archive.
The first image below is the map I found while trolling the internet (you can also see it at this government website). The second image is the map hanging in our cabin loft, you can see the red circle in the bottom right of both maps.
Map as found on Wikipedia.com
Our map as seen in the loft
The best part about the map is that we have it hanging in our cabin loft. This means you can plan your hike in the park while playing pool or Wii and relaxing with adult beverages. Don’t forget to use one of our hiking sticks for those steep climbs. Happy hiking!