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Idle Hour Farm and Retreat

Cabin or Cottage
Laura Heeke

An 1860 log cabin on a 50 acre farm in Rogersville, TN. After being a working farm for over 100 years it sits idle waiting for its next guest to explore its beauty.

The cabin's logs were numbered and pain stacking taken down from a neighboring community called the Yellow Store in 1976 and reassembled on the current site. To learn more about the Yellow Store click here.

50 acres with a 1930s barn that is a rare herringbone design is the foundation of the farm. Cattle and horse once grazed the land. Tobacco and strawberries were the crop of choice along with the family garden. The land is rocky with East Tennessee clay dirt, but it worked. Many Irish settled in the area because it reminded them of home with the rocky land and the low lying clouds.

The land rises to a mountain top that is scattered with rock cliffs. As you reach the summit, you need to climb on all fours to gain access to the top of the mountain. There are wildlife trails all over the hill traversing to the creek below. The view, into the valley below is spectacular Deer, wild turkey, coyote, and an occasional bear lurk in the woods and the grazing fields.

A back cabin and its out buildings of a carriage house, playhouse, and apple cellar all in log has had better times. The cabin is two rooms attached by a dog trot. One room served as the dining room and kitchen, while the other was the bedroom and sitting area. It still stands in hopes of a facelift one day.

The farm and cabin are just a few miles from Rogersville, TN. Rogersville is the second oldest town in Tennessee, rich in history.

The homestead of Davy Crocket's grandparents was near modern day Rogersville. They died by a Indian massacre and is laid to rest in Roger's Cemetery in downtown Rogersville. Please follow the below link for more information.

The Hale Springs Inn is the oldest continuously operated inn in Tennessee, only closed shortly for a remodel. It is the perfect place to dine and partake of an adult beverage, just as past Presidents have before you.

Other Rogersville firsts taken from the pages of,_Tennessee

Overton Lodge No. 5, F & AM, circa 1840, is the oldest continuously-active Masonic Lodge in Tennessee.

Called Sinking Spring in a land grant given a Union officer for distinguished service, "Ebbing and Flowing Spring" is one of only two known springs in the world to exhibit tidal characteristics.[10]

One of the first lodges of Free and Accepted Masons in Tennessee was organized in Rogersville on December 14, 1805. The Overton Lodge No. 5, F & AM, named for Tennessee statesman and Mason John H. Overton, remains today the oldest, continuously-active Masonic Lodge in Tennessee.

The Rogersville post office (built 1792) was the first built in the Southwest Territory (later Tennessee).

The Rogersville Rail-Road Advocate (see printing history, above) was one of the first trade journals in the world devoted to the propagation of railroads when it was published in 1831.

Established in 1786, the Rogersville Fire Department, a volunteer department, is the second-oldest fire department in Tennessee, and one of the oldest active fire departments in the United States.

Rogersville is surrounded by water with the Clinch River to the north, the Holston River to the east, and Cherokee Lake to the west. Fishing and water sports abound in the area. for more information.

Another area notables is the Clinch Mountain Overlook, Pressman's Home, one of the modern day ghost town and the Amis House.

I feel like I can go on forever about our area and rich histories that are kept. Maybe you should just come and see for yourself. Once you know the way, we hope you come soon and often as every season has its treasures.

Driving Directions

Just off of 11W in Rogersville, Tn.

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

The farm is owned by John Curtis who was a Farm Bureau Agent by day and a weekend farmer. His wife, Betty was told that if he would be able to buy the farm, it would keep him young. Well, I think it did its job. Now at age 89, he can still be seen bush hogging the land, but the day to day workings of the farm have fallen to his only daughter and her husband.

Pet Friendly Notes

We enjoy our dogs on the farm and want you to as well. Pet fees do apply


Season Open

Year round


Rate Range



Locally or Family-Owned Business


Lodging Style and Amenities

The cabin is available for overnight lodging and events.

3 bedrooms and 2 bath (including a claw foot tub), living room, kitchen and dining room combo.

Master has a king size bed

Bedroom with 2 full beds

Bedroom with 1 full and 1 single bed

All the modern amenities of home including heat and air, full kitchen and washer and dryer. Fireplace is gas for a easy fire on the cold winter eves.

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