National Park works to restore historic structures

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- As part of an ongoing preservation effort, some historic structures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are getting a facelift.

Park crews are working to put on a new roof to the Noah Bud Ogle Cabin on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. The new roof is designed to last 15 years. Crews try to make the structure historically accurate.

"Keep it historically accurate, keep the roof sound, keep the foundation sound, and those are the critical systems to keep everything in between in good shape," said Randy Hatten, with the National Park Service.

The Noah Bud Ogle Cabin on Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will be closed to the public from Monday, July 21 until Friday, August 15 to replace the wood shake roof. The cabin will be accessible to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, but temporary fencing will be in place during the week to ensure visitor and staff safety. The parking area which serves the cabin will be open continually, but three spaces will be reserved Monday through Thursday for use by Preservation staff. The cabin will be reopened for normal visitation on Saturday, August 16.

The walkways around the parking lot and Rockefeller monument at Newfound Gap will be undergoing partial closures from Monday, August 4 until Tuesday, September 30 to allow the preservation crew to reset and re-grout the flagstone walks.

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