This is one of the original shops on the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts loop in the Glades area. My mom and I stopped in here (she had been in here previously). The owner’s name is Randy Whaley. He is the great-great grandson of William Bradford “Whitehead Bill” Whaley (who was the grandson of the first Whaley in the Greenbrier area). If you’re ever there, stop in. He and his son are wood carvers and have these wonderful birds, flowers and other items. There are also weaved items (done by Hope Reagan on an old family loom ).
He is very chatty and knows a lot of the local history of the Greenbrier area where the Ownby and Whaley families first settled (and is now part of the National park). Unfortunately the people coming in to these areas forced out the Cherokee people who were living there and they were relegated to the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina (I know that one sentence doesn’t do the subject justice). Along with those families, the Rayfields and the Partons also settled there later (Dolly is the great-great granddaughter of Benjamin Christenberry Parton who was the first Parton there).
Randy has some big hand-drawn maps showing all of the families who lived in the Gatlinburg, Greenbrier and Glades areas before it became a park. He said there were so many Bill Whaleys in the area that they each had nicknames. There was ‘Whitehead’ Bill Whaley, ‘Speckled’ Bill Whaley, ‘Vander’ Bill Whaley and ‘Booger’ Bill Whaley.
They have a lot of great information on Smoky Mountain residents at SmokyKin.com. It seems to be a great time-waster.