The Pioneer Trading Post


thumbnail image of the video describing the Pioneer Trading Post showing the lake

"Each log is a work of art"

Not Just a Cabin
on the Lake...

Our family has lived in the Great Smoky Mountains for many generations. They were predominantly Scotch-Irish settlers and made their living in mountains as craftsmen, artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. The Appalachian people are known for their rich cultural heritage, self-reliance and their contribution to our national music heritage. When you stay at our log cabin rental you help keep the memory of old Appalachia alive.

This beautiful vacation cabin rental is named after our old family store, The Pioneer Trading Post, which was opened by my Grandparents, Fran and Alan Stalcup in the early 1900's. The totem pole which stands in the great-room once stood outside the store when it was located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The log cabins on Douglas Lake, which comprise the Pioneer Trading Post, were originally part of an early American homestead and are typical of those found on the eastern frontier in the 1800's. The dovetail construction and building techniques of the log cabins reflect the skills brought to the Smoky Mountains by the early European settlers. The log cabins were built using primitive hand tools, such as the adze and broad axe. The small cabins are joined together to create a large, one level, 3200 sq. ft, turn of the century frontier home.