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Mayna Treanor Avent Studio

The art studio of an early 20th-century painter, hidden amid the Great Smoky Mountains. 


A small cabin built in 1850 by the Ownby family stands in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains.

In 1918, Frank Avett brought the property from the family for $200. Mayna Avett, the wife of Frank, remodeled the house into an art studio. Inside, she painted oil and watercolor paintings of the Appalachians and would exhibit them in  South Carolina, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. She used the cabin as a studio for well over 20 years. 

The cabin itself is a simple one-room structure with a cobblestone chimney. The building was transferred to the National Park Service in 1932. It lies just one mile into the Jake’s Creek Trail from Elkmont, Tennessee. 

Know Before You Go

Located in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Easy parking and campsites can be rented at the Elkmont Campsite, about one mile north of the cabin. Entering the park through Sugarlands Visitor Center is the easiest way to get to Elkmont Campground.

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