It was a turnout that had everyone smiling. A packed house made Precious Memories: A Cades Cove Homecoming at Valley View Lodge an overwhelming success. More than 200 came from all over the country, including a former resident of the Cove who now lives in Illinois. From soon-to-be 95-year-old Nancy Garland Webb to eight of the 12 Sparks siblings, there was much to share with former Cove residents and those who love the Cove today.
The Homecoming event, organized by the Cades Cove Preservation Association, included a panel discussion by former residents, fried apple pies and mingling and a chance for all the former residents in the audience to introduce themselves and share some of their memories of life in Cades Cove.
The panel included J.C. McCaulley, Catherine (Cat) Shultz, Otis Clinton Abbott, Faye Coda Johnson, Bonnie Sue Myers, and Leland Sparks.