100 Year Old Smoky Mountain Church Earns National Recognition

Colorful Smoky Mountains in fallThe Great Smoky Mountains are a place where history meets beauty. Throughout the area, visitors can explore historic structures and experience breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains. All of this holds true for one Smoky Mountain church that has earned national recognition this year.

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Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church was built in 1891, and has been a part of Sevier County for over 140 years. Even though the congregation is only filled with approximately 20 dedicated individuals, the church is more than a worship center. The church has now made the National Register of Historic Places, and shines right in the heart of the Smoky Mountains on Boyds Creek Highway.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of historical structures across America that are worthy of preservation. The register aims to protect historic sites for appreciation by visitors.

The National Register does not base their decision to place a church on the register based on its value as a place of worship. Executives evaluate the structure and determine its historical value. They found that Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church had some unusual structural components; the Queen Anne style was used, including decorative shingles and half-timbering as opposed to the traditional Gothic Revival style with pointy arches and pointy steeples. Although the Queen Anne style wasn’t unusual for the time period, it was strange to see that style used for a church structure.

If you want to visit this historic church, it’s time to make plans for a vacation to the Smoky Mountains. At Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals, we offer a variety of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge cabins that are only a few short minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the historic Smoky Mountain church. Feel free to contact us with any questions, or to start planning your vacation, at (877) 549-6775. Our friendly vacation specialists will love helping you plan your trip to the Smokies!

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