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Emma's Cottage #537

The Reagan family, one of Gatlinburg's most historic families, began building cabins around 1925. At the time, Otha Reagan worked stripping tanning bark in the Sugarland’s area of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and his wife, Emma, was a weaver at Arrowmont. In 1923, Otha and Emma had saved enough money $500 to be exact to purchase five acres of land on the Roaring Fork Creek where Brookside Resort is today. Just a few years later they began building small cabins and chicken coops on the property to rent to men who were in the area building the road from Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome. These cabins were built with timbers from the Roaring Fork School House and Church, and some were built from log homes moved straight out of the National Park. Many of the Reagan family’s ancestors were even born in these cabins!

In 1971, Gatlinburg Southern Building Code required the remodel of nearly all the buildings in the area to a Bavarian type of exterior, so the Reagan cabins were updated to conform. Not too long after that in 1980, all of the original cabins and chicken houses were moved to their present location in picturesque Emert’s Cove by a local river hangout called the Flint Rock Swimming Hole. To make a few larger cabins to accommodate larger families, two of the original cabins were placed on each side of a concrete slab to form a bedroom and a bathroom, and the middle was built to form a living area. Don't worry, though, the cabins haven’t lost any of their history. rumor has it that old chicken feed bags from the cabins earliest years have been found in their attics! Today's owners are proud to bring a little piece of their family’s Gatlinburg history to your Gatlinburg vacation!

Emma's Cottage, named after Emma Reagan, features two bedrooms, each with king-size bed. The Cottage also displays a full kitchen equipped with all your cooking necessities, and a comfortable living room with a futon and a flat screen television. The Cottage has two bathrooms as well as both front and back porches. This cabin can be reserved as part of a group of any of the other Brookside Resort Cabins to accommodate family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, and other large gatherings.

3 miles from Rocky Top Sports World.

Free Attractions

Book a reservation at this property and get up to $817.85 in free attraction tickets for each night of your stay!

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  • Charcoal Grill
  • Pet Friendly
  • King Bed (2)
  • Internet Access Wireless
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Microwave
  • Equipped kitchen w/basic pots & pans
  • Towels/Linens Provided
  • Ice Maker
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Fire Pit - Wood
  • Location: Brookside Resort

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  • - 10/23/2023

    This cabin was very nice! We were able to wander around with our toddler and enjoy the scenery outside ! Inside, we stayed warm , and it was pretty clean! We had a great time and I would 100% recommend this place for a great getaway!!!!!
  • - 8/14/2023

    Emma's Cottage delivered! So much fun. There was a musty smell, but the new tvs and showers were much appreciated! One of our best family reunions!
  • - 3/27/2023

    I would recommend if you love a quiet community. I would definitely stay again.
  • - 3/19/2023

    What a quaint house! This stay has prompted us to begin planning a big family stay. Plenty of room for the Grandchildren to run and play, and quiet places for the rest of us.
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