Summer closings for historic preservation efforts
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have announced the temporary closure of three park historic structures over the course of the summer.
The Joe Queen House in Oconaluftee, the Hiram Caldwell House in Cataloochee, and the Noah Bud Ogle Cabin along the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Gatlinburg will each have repair work completed by the park’s Historic Preservation Crew. In addition, the flagstone walkways at Newfound Gap will be undergoing sequenced closures to facilitate needed masonry work.
The Hiram Caldwell House in Cataloochee will be closed to the public from Monday, June 9 until Friday, July 18 to conduct repairs and repaint the exterior. Scaffolding will be erected around the structure for the duration of the project to allow park staff to perform work on the foundation, windows, porches, soffits, ceilings and floors.
Due to the extensive nature of the repairs and hazards of personal injury, public access will be prohibited. Signs and barricades at the foot bridge will be installed, as well as temporary fencing in a 20-foot perimeter around the area. The house is scheduled to reopen for visitation on Friday, July 18.
The Noah Bud Ogle Cabin on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will be closed to the public from Monday, July 21 until Friday, August 15 to replace the wood shake roof. The cabin will be reopened for normal visitation on Saturday, Aug. 16.
The walkways around the parking lot and Rockefeller monument at Newfound Gap will be undergoing partial closures from Monday, Aug. 4 until Tuesday, Sept. 30 to allow the preservation crew to reset and re-grout the flagstone walks. Work will be conducted Monday through Thursday during normal business hours. Access to the monument and comfort stations will remain open.
The Joe Queen House in Oconaluftee has been closed to the public since Tuesday, May 27 in order to replace the roof over the historic kitchen. The house is scheduled to reopen to visitors on Saturday, June 7.
For more information about these closures, visit the Park’s website atwww.nps.gov/grsm.