“It’s where I made a living, where I raised four girls...How quiet it was at night, and the stars that’s another thing that stood out to me, you didn’t have no street lights, didn’t have no people.”
— Rex Caughron, among the last people to live in Cades Cove, a popular destination within Great Smoky Mountains National Park
“Very seldom do I go through the Cove,” he said. “It don’t look like Cades Cove to me.”
In another life, Cades Cove – or at least a hefty piece of it – would have been Caughron’s birthright.
The son of Kermit and Lois Caughron, Rex is a fifth generation descendant of the Shields that first settled the area, carved out a life among the mountains’ natural beauty.