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An1860 Era Original Log Cabin in beautiful East Tennessee - Samuel Harned Cabin

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

An original Log cabin adjacent to the Museum of Appalachia in Norris Tenn

The Harned Cabin is a primitive 1860 era log cabin updated to provide all the amenities of modern age living. The Cabin is ideal for couples or families looking for a unique property close to a variety of area attractions and activities to enjoy year round. Perfect for a weekend getaway to relax and enjoy the wood-burning fireplace.

Three Tennessee State Parks are within 15 minutes of The Cabin: Big Ridge, Cove Lake and Norris Dam are all favorites of ours for their beauty and variety of recreational activities offered by each.

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Robert and Robin Sain
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
December 24, 2016

About Robert and Robin Sain

Bob and Robin Sain are the owners of the Cabin along with their dogs, cats, birds, and horses. As ‘custodians’ of the Harned cabin we are dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the cabin by minimizing the impact of providing conveniences of modern living for our guests. As we restored the cabin we took steps to ensure the original structural integrity of the cabin was retained as much as we could and still comply with local building codes.

Robert and Robin Sain purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Robert and Robin Sain chose Norris Lake

The Harned family cabin is unique as it is an artifact of the history of Appalachia that is rapidly disappearing. It has endured the passage of time for over 150 years if not longer. One of our primary goals is to preserve it so it may survive for many years to come. Robin and I view our ownership of this cabin as being temporary custodians until we pass iton to the next generation of owners. We want to use this time to collect as much information as we can about the history and background of thecabin and the families who lived in them.

What makes this cabin unique

Since we started offering guest accommodations in 2002, we have had hundreds of guests representing a variety of people and reasons for staying with us. The experiences we have gained over the years prompt us to level set our goals, interests, and expectations in order to assist you, as a potential guest, to decide if staying in our cabin aligns with our mutual expectations.

We want you, our guest, to understand what we offer:

• We offer safe, comfortable, and quiet accommodations - best suited for couples or small families.

• We seek guests who are looking for a unique place to stay and can appreciate and understand the historical significance of the Cabin.

• Our guests should show respect and care during their stay. This is a very old cabin and cannot be abused or marred as we seek to preserve them for future generations.

• Our guests should show the same respect and common courtesy as if they were staying in someone’s home. Clean up after yourself, pick up clothes, do not make a mess, leave a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, etc.

Things to consider before making a reservation:

• While we strive to make each guest comfortable, we are not a luxury resort. Don’t be offended if we are not at your beck and call to tend to your every need.

• We cannot accommodate large group meetings such as wedding parties, family reunions, business meetings, or other large groups.


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An1860 Era Original Log Cabin in beautiful East Tennessee - Samuel Harned Cabin
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

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This was our first time renting this cabin from Bob (the Harned Cabin). It is a very cool 1800's era rustic log cabin that's been updated. It is fully equipped with dishes, linens, and sheets. The fireplace works, we didn't get a chance to use it though. It would be nice to visit when its cooler to be able to use it. It is tucked back off the main road enough to feel like your in the woods. The 2 bedroom cabin was plenty of room for us and our 3 little kids.

The place is very close to the highway and restaurants, even has a walmart about a mile away. Its right next door to the Appalachian Museum. The owner lives on site and is easy to get ahold of.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Knoxville Mcghee Tyson Airport (TYS)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Horseback Riding on area trails

Many of the nearby trails allow you to ride along the shores of Norris Lake through the watershed area - a great way to see the lake and the beautiful woods surrounding our area. The Big South Fork National Park and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are each about an hour or so away and both have many choices for the trail riding enthusiast.

Hiking on area trails and in State & National Parks

There are numerous hiking trails within 10 - 30 minutes away from the Cabin. These include trails within the nearby City of Norris, trails at any of the 3 State Parks within 15 miles of the Cabin, and others provided by TVA. For those wishing to experience the many trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park or the Big South Fork National Park, an hours' drive and a picnic lunch can bring a full day's enjoyment of some of the most beautiful mountain areas of the Southeastern United States.

Boating and watersports on Norris Lake

Norris Lake proudly boasts the cleanest water in the TVA Lake system. As local residents, we are keenly aware of this and feel fortunate to be so close to the Lake. Water-skiing, swimming, picnicking and camping on Norris Lake are featured activities for summertime fun. One of life's truly enjoyable experiences is to wake up early in the morning on the Lake - the quiet, the early morning dew, the stirring of the animals along the placid lake waters are simply breathtaking.

Local crafts at The Museum of Appalachia, Lenoir Museum, and Appalachian Arts Craft Shop and Center

The Museum of Appalcahia, Lenoir Museum, and the local craft guild contain many samples of crafts and goods produced by local artists and craft hobbyists. The Norris area is home to authors, sculptors, potters, poets, singers, and photographers who share their work with visitors to our area.

ATV -- Four Wheeling -- Dirt Bike Riding

We are close to some of the best areas in the southeast for riding ATV's and dirt bikes. The Royal Blue Wildlife Management area and the Coal Creek OHV area properties near Oliver Springs, TN are both within a 20 - 25 minute drive from our Cabin. Or Cabin is a wonderful place to relax after a hard day on the trails. We have pressure washers and tools available to clean your equipment & gear and to make repairs should they be required (check with innkeepers about availability).

East Tennessee History and Genealogy Research

Interested in researching the History of East Tennessee? Want to learn more about your Anderson, Knox, Campbell, Union or Roane County ancestors? Was your family displaced as a result of TVA coming into the Valley? Want to find old graveyards and places of interest in the area? The Cabin is an ideal location for to use as a base for conducting your research or visiting places of historical interest in the area. We are only 20 Minutes from the East Tennessee Historical Society located in downtown Knoxville.

Fishing on Norris Lake and the Clinch River

Flyfishing on the Clinch river draws flyfishing enthusiasts from around the southeast. Introductory or advanced lessons can be arranged during stay upon special request. Norris Lake is close by for the those wishing to enjoy quiet time at the lake. Melton Hill Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Douglas Lake, Dale Hollow and Cumberland Lake (KY) are all within 30 - 60 minutes from the Cabin if you wish to try other lakes.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 14.95%

Rates shown above are for the Foust Cabin based on two people. Rates for the Harned Cabin are $139 per night. Calendar days will not be blocked out unless both Cabins are unavailable. Contact Owners to make a reservation or to obtain additional information.

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Andersonville Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Harned Cabin - toilet , shower
  • The Harned Cabin has a shower only.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The Harned Cabin has two bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom has a king bed and the other has a queen and a twin.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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