2008 June Log Cabin Tour and Quilt Show

First Weekend in June

The Annual Log Cabin and Country Home Tour, sponsored by the Brown County Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, and the Quilt Show, sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society, will be held the first weekend in June. The Quilt Show takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 6–8, and the Log Cabin Tour is Saturday June 7, and Sunday, June 8.

Guests are invited to drive the back roads of Brown County to visit five different log cabin and country homes. A map guides you along the way while you enjoy the scenery and relax. The cabins will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. They close promptly at 4:00 pm each day

Cabin 1: Dennis and Betsy Parman.

Cabin 1: Dennis and Betsy Parman

This homestead was documented by the Historical Society to be the oldest homestead in Nelson County, Kentucky. Dennis and sons, Andrew and Kevin, with help from Steve and Michael Morgan, dismantled the structure and brought it to Brown County where it has been reconstructed as the living room of their lovely and spacious home. Wide pine plank floors, primitive furniture, baskets, and redware fill the home with charm, and are sure to delight antiques lovers. A wide-screen TV, leather sofas, and a pool table show that the Parmans have one foot in the 18th Century and the other foot firmly planted in the here and now.

Cabin 2: Scott and Kristy Kainreth.

Cabin 2: Scott and Kristy Kainreth

The couple fell in love with the charm and comfort of the place when they stayed for a weekend last year to celebrate Kristy’s 30th birthday. When they discovered that the property was for sale, they bought the place. Built in 1978, Moon Shadow has an open floor plan on the main floor. The Kainreths’ vacation home has room for the whole family with three bedrooms, and 2 ½ baths. The cozy rooms upstairs are outfitted with pretty wicker pieces and other country touches, as well as a family heirloom cradle just right for babes-in-arms.

Cabin 3: Bill and Becky Freeman.

Cabin 3: Bill and Becky Freeman

The Freemans used standing dead timber (lodge pole pine) from Montana to build their home. Bill’s dream loft office overlooks the great room fireplace and their private lake. The furnishings are a mixture of family heirlooms and lodge style furniture purchased over the years in anticipation of moving into this home. Becky designed the kitchen using a farm sink, six-burner Wolf stove, and many custom features. The many windows allow vistas of meadow, woods, bird feeders, and lake. Outside you can meander down a path to the fire pit or on down to the lake’s edge for a calming view of the lake and fountain.

Cabin 4: Carol Zapapas.

Cabin 4: Carol Zapapas

A broad front porch welcomes you to this log cabin along with a beautifully crafted front door. Carol’s open plan was designed just for her by a Seattle architect, and brought to life in 2006 by builder Mike Sager. Amish cabinetmakers created the lovely hickory cabinets in the kitchen that are complemented by the hickory floors. Ceilings soar to 26 feet in this space with strong horizontal and vertical lines of logs, wood plank ceiling, railings, and pendant lighting. Guests snuggle beneath beautiful quilts, awaken to woodland sounds, and then enjoy breakfast on a screened porch.

Cabin 5: Mark and Leslie Schafer.

Cabin 5: Mark and Leslie Schafer

Much of the lumber for the cabin’s construction, as well as the furniture and cabinetry within, came from trees felled on site and milled locally. The living room’s mission style sofa, tall case clock, étagère, hand-painted wood trunk, and the kitchen table, are a few of Mark’s creations. The hickory tree that produced the kitchen paneling once stood on the hillside, but had to come down in order for electric crews to bring power to the cabin. The cedar-paneled bedroom upstairs creates a distinct woodsy aroma. The other bedroom’s bunk beds await the weekend visits of Mark and Leslie’s three granddaughters.

Tickets for adults are $15. Tickets for children are $7. Children under 2 are free.

To buy tickets in advance you can:

• Send a check made out to: Log Cabin Tour

Tickets, Box 39, Nashville, Indiana 47448.

• Send an email to: logcabintour@hotmail.com

with questions about tickets.

• Come to the Brown County Visitors Center or

the Chamber of Commerce during business

hours from now until the dates of the tour or call

(800) 753-3255 or (812) 988-0234.

To purchase tickets on the tour dates come to the Gazebo on the Nashville Village Green (one block west of the courthouse stoplight).

The Brown County Historical Society Annual Quilt Show will be held the same weekend at the historical society building located at 1934 State Route 135 North, one mile north of downtown Nashville.

The Quilt Show with over 100 antique and contemporary quilts will be open from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7 and from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on Sunday June 8.

A hand-quilted, hand-embroidered queen-size quilt will be raffled. Chances are $1 each or six for $5 and will be available at the show. Winners do not need to be present at the drawing on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Homemade pies will be available at the Lunch Café. Musicians will perform during the show.