One of a kind cabin built from old tobacco barns and timbers from sawmills
About Gary Whidden
I own a retirement mobile home park and my wife is a retired Biology teacher in Frostproof, Florida.
Gary Whidden purchased this Cabin in 2015
Why Gary Whidden chose Johnson City
The river property came into my mother’s family in the 1890’s. My great grandfather built the family homestead. In 1901 (pre-dam) a flood came and damaged the home. With mules and logs they moved the 3,000 square foot, 2 story home across the creek and placed it on higher ground. Before the dam was built in the mid 1940’s, the river would sometimes look like a creek, at other times it would rise and come out its 50 foot banks. In the winter, the river would freeze and my great grandparents would cut squares of ice from the river and bury it in their home for later use. Before the bridge, there was a natural shelf that allowed the horse and buggies to cross the river in front of the cabins. The ground was farmed until I received it in 2003. My mother was raised on the property, until she married my father in 1947 and moved to Florida. We vacationed here every year, so I have always loved this place. I wanted a place of my own but hated the idea of having it sit empty most of the time. I am in the rental business in Florida so I decided to build something that could be rented when we are not able to be here. At that time, there were no buildings on the property so I was able to start from scratch. I really like the character of horse barns and thought, why not build one that could house people. So, in 2004, we built the cabins and it has been a great adventure! This past winter, we completed our retirement cabin. The cabin has three bedrooms, three baths, and an apartment on the lower level. We hope you choose us for your lodging in East Tennessee. We know you will enjoy it. - Gary and Patty Whidden
What makes this Cabin unique
Beautiful river and mountain views. Close to major shopping and leisure activities.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Smoking outside only.
Well behaved, non aggressive dogs are welcome.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:9 (sleeps up to 9 adults)
Dogs must be on flea control. Limit 2 dogs per cabin. Sorry, no cats.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Honeymoon at the Cedar Cabin
My wife and I stayed at the Cedar cabin three years ago when we were dating. We enjoyed the cabin with its charm & character along with all its beautiful scenery that we came back for a honeymoon stay. The Cedar cabin is such a peaceful getaway from the busy Atlanta scene.
We are honored that you choose our cabin for your honeymoon. Congratulations!
Second year in a row staying in this perfect cabin and motorcycling in the mountains. Couldn’t ask for anything better!! We love this place.
We had a terrific weekend in this awesome house. Gary went above and beyond to make our family stay the best it could be. It’s a great house with all the amenities you could ask for. I hope to stay there again soon
We had a great time at this unique cabin. It's located in a beautiful setting, and we loved watching the river from the hugebzck porch.
Top notch cabin. Coming back for sure!
We loved our stay!
Our family enjoyed our stay so much that we booked another weekend while there!
Directions from I-26. Take I-26 to SR91 North for 2.9 miles. Turn left on Smalling Rd. Watauga River Cabins will be 1.9 miles on the left just before the Smalling Bridge.