Ambience abounds in this
enchanting Log Cabin
built in the 1920's and 30's.
This cabin sits on 40 wooded acres, nestled midway up the side of Brown Ridge.
Lost Man's Lane is located 3 miles from Bloomington, 8 miles from Paynetown SRA
(State Recreation Area)
on Lake Monroe, and 13 miles from Little Nashville and Brown County Indiana on SR 46.
Overlooking the living room and fireplace, is the loft entertainment area, with TV, DVD with CD changer, Surround Sound system and a DVD Movie library. Lots of interesting books and games round out the entertainment options in this vacation cabin.
The cabin has a Master Bedroom with queen size bed , a second bedroom with bunk beds. There is a queen size sofa bed in the great room as well. The cabin has one bathroom with shower, with hot and cold running water and a filtered drinking water system.
The large Living Room has a natural wood-burning fireplace. The screened-in front porch has wicker chairs and a porch swing.
The charming gazebo on top of the hill, offers a panoramic view of sunrises and sunsets. The spacious limestone patio with picnic table, limestone grill and deck chairs, is perfect for festive gatherings.
Abundant wildlife awakens the Spirit (no bears, at least not in the last 100 years.)
Friendly farmer Virgil and his dog Gracie live nearby on a farm at the bottom of Brown Hill.
Telephone service is unavailable. Reception for Verizon cell phones.
Visitors must park a distance from this cabin and walk uphill.
Idyllic Natural Setting Relaxes and Revitalizes the Soul. Who could ask for a better private retreat?
The Story of Lost Man's Lane
Many, many years ago, maybe in the 1920s or 1930s, this cabin was built by a local craftsman upon this hill, known as Brown Hill. The original cabin was just the main room with the second floor. We believe it was not an open loft when first built. The kitchen and indoor plumbing were added in the 1956. Before that they used the cistern, behind the cabin, to collect rain water for all their needs. During the 1970s the main cabin was refurbished and the upstairs opened as a loft. This was done by a young man trading out room and board for his craftsmanship. The indoor bathroom and addition were added in 1986 and 1992 respectively.
Originally there was not a driveway that came up to the cabin. People parked at the base of the hill, where the front driveway entrance is, and loaded everything up the hill on limestone steps. Many of these steps still remain on the hillside. Then, as some unknown time, one driveway was added which just came up to where the steps are now. Eventually a second driveway was added to go from the front to the back.
The main cabin was built out of popular logs from the surrounding forest. Once this was a virgin forest; we do not believe any virgin trees still remain from centuries ago. (This entire area was likely cleared of all timber in the mid 1800s for local furniture factories.) The logs used in the addition are of yellow pine shipped in from North Carolina. All of the stone is limestone or slate from this area. The story behind the limestone patio is that this cabin was owned by an IU professor in the 1950s. His students put it in for him. I would dare to guess they all received A's.
The spirit and energy surrounding this cabin in the woods, also known as Lost Man's Lane, comes from the spirit of the forest and the spirit within ourselves. This is what drove someone to build this cabin here. The forest and nature is so pure. It is commanded and driven by basic instincts and elements which are part of us all.
Sometimes we forget the simplicity that nature has to offer. Coming back to it here we are reminded of what it is, and our spirit is revived within. This is what we hope for you when you visit here.
And remember: Don't worry, Be happy!
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