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1790 Era Original Log Cabin in beautiful East Tennessee - Samuel Harned Cabin

Clinton, TN, USA
  • Cabin800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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

The Harned Cabin is a primitive 1790 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.


Robert and Robin Sain

Member Since 2015
Response rate:
Response time:
within one day
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
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 Anderson County

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 200 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 it on 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 the cabin 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, 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. We respect our guest's privacy and do not provide daily services. However, if there is anything our guests need or have questions, we are more than happy to assist. • We cannot accommodate large group meetings such as wedding parties, family reunions, business meetings, or other large groups.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • The Harned Cabin has two bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom has a king bed and the other has a queen and a twin. If you have difficulty handling stairs you may want to consider other lodging options.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower
      • The Harned Cabin has a shower only. There is not a bathroom upstairs. The cabin has one bathroom located downstairs.

      Location Type

        • Rural
          The Harned Cabin is located in East Tennessee, conveniently located close to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central Heat & air
                    • Fireplace
                      Woodburning fireplace may be used October - March of the year.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Central heat & air
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Each Cabin has a Keurig coffee maker and standard brew type
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Each Cabin has a fully equipped kitchen with glasses, dishes, utensils, pots & pans, etc.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Deck / Patio


                                        • not suitable for children
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          If you have difficulty handling stairs you may want to consider other lodging options.


                                            • live theater
                                            • arboretum
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • library
                                            • churches
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • basketball court
                                                        • equestrian events
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • fly fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • mountain climbing
                                                        • mountaineering
                                                        • rafting
                                                        • rock climbing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • water tubing

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          6 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Great getaway spot

                                                          Wayne G.

                                                          We were looking for a spot to kick back and recharge our batteries after a long cold winter in Indiana. This was just the spot. The cabin was cozy and welcoming with all the current amenities needed to stay in touch with home and family but also allow us to disconnect from the chaos of everyday career demands.

                                                          Bob and Robin have created a little spot where you can get back to nature, enjoy the wonders of long walks in the woods and still have access to the big city just a short drive away.

                                                          The cabin was clean and comfortable and well worth the price paid. We look forward to being a repeat visitor to the area in the future.

                                                          Peace and Comfort

                                                          Edward S.Cincinnati, OH

                                                          This sweet cabin gave us a taste of the past, but with all the comforts of home. It was very clean and well appointed. It sits in a quiet wooded setting, but the owners are close and available if you have any questions. We hope to return next year when we visit the Museum of Appalachia.

                                                          A great antique cabin

                                                          Avanti L.

                                                          We loved our stay. Such a unique experience to stay in a cabin from the 18th century with many details preserved from its original construction. Current amenities made it comfortable. Walls are not sound proof but we didn't mind.

                                                          Better Than Expected

                                                          Bob D.

                                                          I was not expecting the cabin to be in such a secluded and quiet setting. It is well off the road and among tall trees. The cabin is very well restored and provides a very comfortable and relaxing place to eat and sleep - and recover from time on Norris Lake. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place to stay - at a very reasonable rate - this is a very good choice. Highly recommend.

                                                          Great Cabin and Great Owners

                                                          William P.

                                                          Very unique property in a beautiful wooded setting. Comfortable furnishings and amazingly restored and updated cabin.

                                                          weekend getaway

                                                          eddie p.

                                                          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.


                                                          Clinton, TN, USA

                                                          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

                                                          Additional information about rental rates

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                                                          Our rates are based upon the following: One bed/two people - $139.00 per night (excludes taxes) Two additional people or use of second bed - $159.00 per night (excludes taxes) If there is a 5th person, or use of the third bed, $20.00 charge per night will apply. Overnight sleeping is not allowed on either of the couches. The cabin has two bedrooms upstairs. If you have difficulty handling stairs you may want to consider other lodging options. There is not a bathroom upstairs. The cabin has one bathroom located downstairs.

                                                          6 Reviews
                                                          Exceptional 5/5
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