The Palmer House

Great Smoky Mountains

One of the best kept historic houses in the Cataloochee region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
(Video: 4 minutes 29 seconds)
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has a region that is home to a number of historical sites and homesteads that are open to the public to explore and enjoy. This region, the Cataloochee region, is absolutely beautiful and is an area that shouldn't be missed if you are visiting the park. While there are many historical sites to check out, this episode is about the Jarvis Palmer House. Like some of the other homes in the area, the Palmer House was originally built as a log cabin around 1860. It was then renovated and improved from 1900 to 1905 with a final improvement added in 1924. The Palmer House is the nicest historical house in the region and is used by the park service to exhibit and showcase photos and information about the area and the people who used to live here. It is open seasonally.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over 800 square miles of beautiful forest that straddles a section of the Appalachian Mountains in Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited national park in the United States. This pristine region is absolutely stunning in its beauty is host to a number of natural, historical, and cultural attractions.

The Jarvis House is located just off Cataloochee Creek Road in the Cataloochee Region of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a roadside attraction that can easily be enjoyed by everyone. It has adequate parking available and public restrooms just across the street from the house. This is a great location to start at if you are visiting the area and plan on seeing the other historical sites. The Cataloochee Region is about 70 minutes from Asheville North Carolina.

The Palmer House consists of the actual house, a few supporting outbuildings, and the Palmer Barn which is quite large. The house is somewhat interesting as it is two separate structures built side-by-side with a common roof placed over the top. As you look at the house, the yellow area was the original structure with the white section being the final addition that was added in 1924.

As you visit the Palmer House, be sure you allocate enough time to explore everything and enjoy the setting. It really is a beautiful and interesting place to experience. One of our favorite things to see was the old newspapers that were used on some of the walls for wallpaper. These are still present and fun to read as you explore the house. There are also a few picnic tables on the grounds that can be enjoyed. The barn was also nice to explore and it had a great spot to sit and enjoy the view of the historic Palmer House.

Be sure to check out all of the other historic sites that are available to explore in the region. We have episodes available on all of them!
View from the Palmer Barn
The Palmer Barn
Inside the Palmer House
Address & GPS
Cataloochee Creek Rd
Waynesville, NC 28785
35.640592N, -83.080403W
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Nearby Attractions
Palmer Chapel (1.9 mi.)
Beech Grove School (2.1 mi.)
The Caldwell House (2.4 mi.)
The Woody House (3.5 mi.)
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