Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church – Townsend, Tennessee - Atlas Obscura
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Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church

This building contains handprints that are well over a century old.  

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This church was established in 1827. The lumber used was still green and leaching sap. Because of this, it left the handprints of the builders on the wood used for the ceiling. Most of the prints are from adults and few children, and have lasted for over 100 years. 

Know Before You Go

Cades Cove is an 11 mile, one-way loop road. After entry, you will pass the first dirt road to your left called Sparks Lane. The next dirt road to your left is the road to the church. Look for signs as well.

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