Plummer Cabin event on June 23 to celebrate the legacy of Big Canoe’s most iconic homes

By Colin Bergen

In the mid-’70s, builders Dick Plummer and Paul Schmidt set out to create a unique set of 115 rustic cabins that befit Big Canoe and its natural surroundings. Through the decades, these emblematic homes have had a lasting impact in our community.

As part of the ongoing celebration of Big Canoe’s 50th Anniversary, a panel of Plummer Cabin experts will participate in a gathering from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Mountains View Room of the Clubhouse that celebrates these historic houses.

Patricia Stimmel, the founder of the Big Canoe Plummer Cabin Group, will lead the presentation “Preserving Nature’s Backyard – Plummer Cabin Style” along with Paul Schmidt, partner and general manager of The Plummer Company, and Jean Plummer Daniel, the daughter of Dick Plummer.

Stimmel, who has lived in and researched these cabins for more than a decade, explains that the Plummer Cabins were homes designed to blend in with Big Canoe’s mountainous terrain. These cabins are defined by their stone chimneys and fireplaces, tin-roof porches, pine-plank floors, and cedar-sided rooms. However, few Property Owners are aware of their existence.

“I would say 90 percent of the residents in Big Canoe don’t know what a Plummer Cabin is,” Stimmel says. “This discussion is a way to introduce them to a part of Big Canoe’s history.”

Admission for the event is $8. Guests will receive a glass of wine and a free copy Charlene Terrell’s “Church in the Wild,” which details the history behind the Big Canoe Chapel and Broyles Community Center.

To sign up for this event, click here.


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