Cabins & Farms
Remnants of early life in the mountain communities

Parkway planners in the 1930's preserved many old log cabins, and sometimes removed
more contemporary structures to maintain the desired pioneer look for the roadway.
Picturesque farms are found along many of the back roads of NC and VA.

Brinegar Cabin
near milepost 238 in North Carolina

Built by Martin Brinegar in the late 1800's
and occupied by his widow Carolyn until
the property was sold to the Parkway in 1935.

Puckett Cabin
near milepost 190 in Virginia

Family home of Orlena Puckett, famed mountain midwife who delivered more than 1000 babies before dying in 1939 at the age of 102. Ironically, none of her own 24 children lived beyond infancy.

Jesse Brown Cabin
near North Carolina milepost 272




Originally a half mile away when it was built by Brown sometime before 1840, the cabin was moved here in 1905 to bring it closer to its water source.
The people are gone, but the spiders like it!


The Ramsey cabin (c. 1890) and outbuildings at the Mountain Farm Museum
near milepost 6 of the Parkway. Costumed docents help interpret the rural
way of life.

Many comtemporary farms have a
timeless look, like this one in Virginia,
just north of the NC border.

Or this one, part of a
North Carolina tobacco farm.

They still dry the leaves the traditional way,
by hanging them in a well-ventilated shed.

Another traditional red barn,
this one in Virginia,
just north of the NC border.


And this very modern one
is right along the Parkway.