A Rustic Ridge-Top West Virginia Log Cabin in the Middle of Nowhere
Thistle Hollow is located in Grant County, West Virginia, about 35 miles south of Cumberland, Maryland, and 150 to 165 miles from Washington and Baltimore. The cabin sits high atop Walker's Ridge, about 500 feet above New Creek Valley but 1,000 feet below the flanking mountains. Across the hollow, the view from the cabin extends nearly 30 miles down the valley.
Thistle Hollow is an old hill farm, whose steep slopes were once plowed by mule for crops. There are some remains of the old farm. The ruins of a smokehouse are still visible; tree rows mark the edges of some fields; terraces, which were cut in the hillside to accommodate split rail fences, can be seen; occasional split rails still survive; and some apple and pear trees still bear fruit.
The cabin's logs are well over 100 years old. It was originally a school, located a dozen miles away. The logs were moved to the present site in the early 1970s, and the cabin was finished by local carpenters who restored the cabin of Nancy Hanks (Lincoln's mother). We have kept the cabin rustic. It has no electricity or running water. We find that this is conducive to a slower, more relaxed, and more sociable pace of life.
The Thistle Hollow log cabin features:
Two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds
Sleeping bags for additional occupants
A fully equipped kitchen, which includes a wood-burning cook stove, an ice box, a dry sink, dishes, flatware, cook ware, and utensils
A porch for sitting and enjoying the view
An outdoor fire pit
A solid oak outhouse (from which we have managed to evict the resident groundhog)
Pets are most welcome; it is a marvelous place for large dogs who need to run.
Children are also most welcome; it's a pretty neat place for them to run around too.
No smoking in the cabin please; we try to set a good example for the stove.
The immediate vicinity of the cabin features:
Scenery that is beautiful in all seasons and weather
108 acres to explore on foot
A stocked lake across from our gate for fishing
Several stream valleys to explore on foot
A superb venue for doing nothing at all
Other nearby features include:
The Greenland Gap Nature Conservancy
Nancy Hank's birthplace
The old railroad town of Keyser
Within an hour's drive, you will find:
Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks
Dolly Sods Wilderness Area
Jennings Randolph Lake
Canoeing on the South Branch of the Potomac River
Smoke Hole Caverns
Excursion trains in Cumberland, Maryland, and Romney, West Virginia
Lots of beautiful countryside for exploring
We also have other log cabins that are merely quaint
(Metro DC) or 1-
While visiting our web site, take a look at our "merely quaint" lodgings -- our other restored log cabins in the Antietam (MD) area, our log cabin built over a stream, and our large cottage in Berkeley Springs, WV.
cats are OK - purrr
dogs are OK - wooof
Location: Scherr, WV