Jack Thomas was a Norfolk, Virginia public school principal when he purchased Annie Carr’s cabin in the 1970s. He tried roughing it for a while but ultimately decided that a more modern dwelling was more suitable to his needs. So in the early 1980s, he built a one-bedroom mountain chalet right behind Annie’s Cabin.
Jack's Place was remodeled in February 2014. The new cabin features a beautiful, comfortable living area that has a sofa, a large comfortable rocking chair and a TV with a DVD player for watching movies if you desire to bring any (there is no satellite in Jack's). It has heating and air conditioning.
The entire kitchen has been upgraded with brand new appliances. There is a full-size refrigerator, a stove, oven, and all other small appliances such as a coffee maker and microwave. There is also plenty of cabinet space. A dining table and four chairs are provided. Basic pots, pans, and tableware are provided.
The new bedroom features a full bed, nightstand, lamp, a chest of drawers, and a beautiful antique mirror. Bed linens, blankets, and pillows are provided. Off of the bedroom, there is a private bathroom with a brand new tub/shower combination as well as a granite topped vanity. Guest towels are provided. The staircase to the loft is very steep and is not recommended for older guests or the very young. The loft has a catwalk down the middle of the roofline and a small sleeping area at each end. A double bed is located on both sides of the upper loft.
The porch offers gorgeous views of the mountains and there is a set of Adirondack wooden furniture and a porch swing for lazy summer afternoons. A Weber Smokey Joe grill and grilling utensils are provided for barbecuing. Off to the side of Jack’s Place is a stone fire pit for building campfires and a wooden picnic table for eating alfresco (chopped firewood is available for purchase from the office).
The chalet is located only about fifteen feet from Annie’s Cabin, which is nice if you have a group and want to have everyone nearby. It is also equally as nice when guests only rent Jack’s as you cannot see nor hear the guests in Annie’s Cabin as their outdoor area is on the opposite side of the cabin from Jack’s. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained with indigenous fruit trees and flowering plants.
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.