Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Settling in: From Subsistence Farming to Hopes for a National Park

December 22, 2008, 2:01 pm
In the late 1780s, John Jacob Mingus and his family moved into Oconaluftee, a North Carolina valley that had been Cherokee territory for thousands of years. Among the first known white settlers of the area that would become the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Mingus became a prosperous farmer and miller.