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A Lifetime in Gatlinburg: Martha Cole Whaley Remembers

A Lifetime in Gatlinburg: Martha Cole Whaley Remembers

by Marie Maddox


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Martha Cole Whaley recounts her 100 years of witnessing the evolution of Gatlinburg, TN.

Today, Gatlinburg is an idyllic mountain resort. But the Sugarlands Valley in the 1910s couldn't have been more different. Martha Cole Whaley began her life on the outskirts of the city and has witnessed firsthand the joy and struggle of more than one hundred years in the area. Her rich experiences include what it was like to eat onion tops for an after-school snack, bathe in a washtub behind the stove and see a zipper for the first time on the boots of the mailman. Join author Marie Maddox as she captures an amazing century of Martha's life in Gatlinburg through stories, interviews and even a few of her favorite recipes from now and then.

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ISBN-13: 9781626196841
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: American Heritage
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 941,120
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Marie Maddox currently teaches high school Latin and journalism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. She has degrees from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maddox has conducted extensive interviews with East Tennessee centenarian Martha Whaley.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 11

Author's Prologue 13

Martha's Prologue 15

1 Mom, Dad, Granny and My Childhood Home 19

2 And Then There Were Nine 33

3 Life on the Farm 43

4 A Passion for School and Reading 51

5 Fife in the Burg 57

6 The Wedding 63

7 Life at the Riverside Hotel 67

8 Creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75

9 The Greystone Years 83

10 Winters in Florida 87

11 The End of the Greystone Years 91

12 Our Second Family and Beyond 97

13 The Love of My Life 103

14 On Politics 109

15 On Traveling 113

16 On Gardening 121

17 Other Hobbies 125

18 Since I Was Born 129

19 On Faith and Religion 137

20 On Aging 141

21 The Secret of My Longevity 145

22 Words of Wisdom 149

Epilogue 151

Appendix. Martha Whaley's Most-Requested Recipes 153

Notes on Sources 173

About the Author 175

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