Seymour Artist Strikes a Match

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Cades Cove Matchstick House

Artist Michael Hardin of Seymour pays tribute to Cades Cove and its history with his intricate, creative matchstick cabins and historic buildings.

Taking anywhere from three to six months to complete, Hardin has been building his matchstick replicas for several years. They all start with a photograph and then his wife, Jackie, strikes the matches so Michael can glue them on. He says he wanted to focus on the Cades Cove part of Great Smoky Mountain National Park because he loves the architecture and history of the buildings there. It’s inexpensive, and a great way to preserve the history of the area, he says.

Cades Cove Matchstick House

So far, his creations have included the Cable Mill, John Cable House, John Oliver Cabin and the Methodist Church, complete with tiny pews inside.


  1. Kathy Tipton

    February 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    I’d love to know if Mr. Michael Hardin sells these cabins. Thank you.

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