1916 Botany Class in the Smokies

1916 Botany Class in the Smokies

Field botany classes have used the Great Smoky Mountains as a classroom since the early 20th century. Home to more than 2,000 plant species, the Smokies are the perfect laboratory for studying plant taxonomy. Samuel M. Bain’s 1916 botany class took a two-hour train ride from Knoxville to Elkmont with a stop in Townsend. Professor Bain’s cabin at Elkmont served as home base for their plant-collecting forays.

1916 Botany Class in the Smokies1916 Botany Class in the Smokies1916 Botany Class in the Smokies1916 Botany Class in the Smokies1916 Botany Class in the Smokies1916 Botany Class in the Smokies

Photo albums from the Bain Family Collection, Special Collections, University of Tennessee Libraries

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