Videos produced by Maples History Center

In this video series, retired SCPLS genealogist, Theresa Williams, shares stories of growing up in the Cherokee Orchard community in the Smoky Mountains.

Ms. Theresa Williams shares memories of former epidemics in the mountains – typhoid, Spanish flu, etc. in comparison to the current COVID=19 pandemic. She describes how her family and other mountain families survived these times by sticking together, supporting, and helping their neighbors. Part 1 of a 7-part series.
Ms. Theresa Williams shares family memories of Cherokee Orchard, her early life, and family genealogy. Part 3 of a 7-part series.
Part 5 of a 7-part series of Ms. Theresa Williams’ memories of Cherokee Orchard. Here she talks about working the orchards and cider house at Cherokee Orchard in Gatlinburg.
Part 7 of the 7-part series featuring Ms. Theresa Williams’ memories of Cherokee Orchard. Here she shares the tale of her Grandpa and the black bear at their home in Gatlinburg.
Ms. Theresa Williams shares her memories of life in Cherokee Orchard, Sevier County. In this session she talks about planes landing and refueling in Gatlinburg. Part 2 of a 7-part series.
Part 4 of the 7-part series of Ms. Theresa Williams’ memories of Cherokee Orchard. Here she talks about the floral and agricultural business at the foot of Mt. LeConte.
Part 6 of a 7-part series of Ms. Theresa Williams’ memories of Cherokee Orchard. Here she talks about the 1940 census in Gatlinburg.