Some of the most unique art in the world is found inside the Glades Great Smoky Mountains Arts and Crafts Community of Gatlinburg!
So how does an awesome Arts and Crafts Community like this one come together? It just happened! Really! It wasn't planned at all. It was the year 1937. Craftsman John Cowman, and a few of his "crafty" friends invited Gatlinburg tourists to their homes in the Glades Community.
Cowman had been working in Gatlinburg for someone else, when he decided he'd rather work at home. This way he would be in the comfort of his home with his crafting tools, and able to spend more time with his wife and children. Other craftsmen liked the idea, and begin to follow, and visitors kept coming!
Today this arts and crafts community is home to over 120 stores on an 8-mile loop filled with some of the craftiest artisans, and exquisite artwork in the world! Admission is absolutely FREE! For more than 75 years, people have been coming to see what is now known as the largest group of independent artists and craftsmen in America!
Beautiful pencil art and paintings on canvas of most anything can be found throughout the Arts and Crafts Community. Many local artists own shops that are just made for browsing!
This is the perfect place to find that exclusive, one-of-a-kind gift for the one person on your list who has everything! After an exciting day of shopping, (and it's easy to spend a whole day here) there are great places to eat! From Cafes to bed and breakfasts, and candy shops, you'll enjoy visiting venues that are both interesting and impressive!
The Glades of Gatlinburg was established by the Tennessee heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. As a result, those visiting from every part of the world may experience our culture, and be introduced to the heritage we're so proud of here in Tennessee! Step back in time with a visit to this historical Arts and Crafts Community, and enjoy what is being "hand-made" in America!