The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts
Community, known as the Glades, got
its start some time around 1937, The
craftsmen decided they'd stay home and
invite the visitors to their place after
years of working the streets of
downtown Gatlinburg. With long hours
and worn out feet, John Cowden and his
friends decided to stay home.  They
wanted to be near the source where
their tools and supplies were, and that's
just what they did.  As the visitors
started coming, other craftsmen and
artists joined in. Opening workshops,
studios, and galleries most of them right
alongside their homes or even inside
The History of Gatlinburg's Arts & Crafts
Using a "state of the art"
shaving horse in 1921.
An early craft shop in the Arts & Crafts Community,
not so different from what you'll see here today.
For seventy years now people have
been discovering  one of Gatlinburg's
from the hustle and bustle of the
downtown city limits of Gatlinburg.  
See for yourself, come visit the largest
group of independent  artists and   
craftsmen in America right here in
Gatlinburg.  With over 120 artists and
craftsmen located in a convenient 8
mile loop road all with easy free
parking right outside their doors. This
historic arts and crafts area has been
designated a Tennessee Heritage
Arts & Crafts Trail.    
Lee Ogle making a broom, Ogles
are still making brooms today.
John Cowden
The distinctive logo displayed by member shops is your
assurance of quality handcrafted items within; as you
travel throughout the Community be sure to look for it.  
Arts & Crafts Trolley. For a one time fare, you'll enjoy a
trip throughout the 8 mile loop.  It's a great way to see
everything, offering frequent stops, allowing you to get
on and off as you please. .  
Carding wool, getting
ready to spin for yarn.
Charles Huskey & Dick Whaley
We know you'll enjoy this "once-in-a-lifetime"
experience, to see history in the making.  It's your
opportunity to take home an heirloom and a perfect
keepsake of your visit to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Bring the kids it's perfect for the entire family!
Noah McCarter
Chair Maker
Weaving on a Loom
Spinning for yarn getting ready for weaving
on a loom.
Clay Compton working on a lathe.