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Below is the home of Rebecca Cable, pictured at left,  known as "Aunt Becky",  an exceptional mountain woman, and much loved by all.  She was born in 1844, the daughter of John P. and Elizabeth Cable.  She never married and was tough as nails.  She managed her own farm in the next hollow from where the house presently stands.  She could work as hard as any man, most days working barefoot in the fields.   She owned 600 acres of land in Cades Cove, she and her brother owned and ran the community store.  When her brother became ill and died, she raised his children.  She was an exceptionally good cook, known for her special apple pies made with biscuit dough.  She kept boarders in her home.  She also raised sheep, carded, spun, and dyed the wool; and wove and knitted coverlets and clothing.  When she became ill and her family thought death was imminent, a neighbor, Mr. McCauley, found the best yellow poplar wood and made her a coffin with six brass carrying handles.  She survived the illness but when she did pass away on Dec. 19, 1940 at age 96, her coffin was ready for her.  Rebecca Cable was laid to rest in the Cable Cemetery beneath a blanket of flowers.  Her home was moved after her death from "up the hollow" to its present location next to  Cable Mills.  

Home of Rebecca "Aunt Becky" Cable