The building of this authentic Appalachian log cabin has been traced back to circa 1798. The cabin served as the family home to the Carr family, descendants of Thomas Jefferson, for over 150 years. The last member of the family to live here was Annie Carr who left the mountain in the 1970s. Annie sold the cabin and some property to Jack Thomas, a Norfolk, Virginia school principal. In the early 1990s, Barbara Otto, who did additional renovations and modernization, began operating it as a guest house.
This is an authentic Appalachian log cabin! In spite of modernization, it remains much as it did when it was built in the 1790's. It is built of native timbers and consists of one room downstairs and one room upstairs. The downstairs room is a living area with a sofa and chairs, a gas furnace (which is the only source of heat) and a TV with a DVD player for watching movies if you desire to bring any (no satellite). (Note: There is no cable or satellite hook up and the TV can be used only for viewing DVDs. DVD rentals are available in the Priest View Internet Lounge.)
There is a kitchenette along one wall and a farm table and four chairs for dining. The kitchenette contains a very small refrigerator and a microwave oven, a four-burner stove with a small oven and a sink with hot and cold running water (basic pots, pans, and tableware are provided).
In the 1800s, there was no indoor plumbing and toilets were in an outhouse. The 1990s renovation included the addition of a simple toilet and shower room in the corner of the first floor (the only sink is the one in the kitchenette). Guest towels are provided.
Upstairs, there are two double beds and one single bed. There is also a comfortable, cushioned rocking chair with a side table and lamp for reading. Linens, blankets, and pillows are provided. The roof of the cabin is made of exposed wood beams that are covered with tin. If you have never slept to the sound of rain hitting a tin roof you are in for a treat!
There is a portable AC unit and a ceiling fan to keep the air circulating and to help cool down the upstairs, as it can still get pretty warm on a hot sunny afternoon! There is a long, narrow back porch and a wider front porch with two rocking chairs and two seats. The front porch offers a wonderful view of the mountains, and you can listen to the sound of the Tye River rushing over the rocks below!
Near the front porch, there is a stone fireplace for building campfires (chopped firewood is available for sale at the woodshed). There is also a picnic table in the front yard for dining alfresco when weather permits. Finally, there is a Weber Smokey Joe grill and grilling utensils for barbecuing. The yard of the cabin is beautifully landscaped and contains numerous flowering plants and fruit trees and is nicely maintained.
For all weekends, we do have a two night minimum for each cabin (you must book a Thursday and Friday, Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday stay).
For information about the accessibility of our property, view our accessibility details.