Dan Lawson had a pretty place

Christopher RobinOur Town Arts

We think of Cades Cove as a remote, solitary place. But there was once a buzz of activity in the community, much of it at the Lawson place.

Dan Lawson is said to have been the richest man in Cades Cove. Considered a typical agrarian society of the late 1800s, Dan fulfilled the roles of postmaster, store owner, Methodist song leader as well as justice of the peace. His house served as post office, store and office for all these roles.

Although there is no cell phone service now, in the 1890s, he and other residents constructed a telephone line into the cove. Unsure which families utilized the convenience, the residents were allowed to access the phone at the store. While I go there to be quiet in the hushed beauty, they may have yearned for connection. Most everyone he knew was nearby in this insular place. Dan passed on 118 years ago this week, and he sure had a pretty place.

First Friday Artwalk is this week. Stop in our studio as we will be there until 9 p.m.

Photographer Chris and painter Robin Rohwer each week share a painting or photograph that captured their interest in hopes that it will also capture yours. They have a small studio and gallery in the Phoenix Building at 418 South Gay Street where you can stop and see their work. Their website is www.ChristopherRobinArts.com. All works are copyright protected.


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