Firsthand Reports: Log Cabin Retirement

The author and his wife restored a log cabin in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. Life on this old homestead is just grand!

Log Cabin
James and Doris Baggett and their pet dog enjoy the front porch of their restored, 140-year-old log cabin.
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Vegetable Garden
Every year, Doris and James plant a arge vegetable garden and preserve much of their harvest for the winter. With a garden and orchard, a pond for fishing and woods for hunting, the couple rarely needs to purchase food.
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James' whittling hobby has expanded to full-scale woodworking.
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Apple Cider
Every fall, James and Doris use this restored press to make sweet cider from the trees in their apple orchard.
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This handmade tiller helps James keep up with his gardening.
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The Baggetts' Tennessee homestead.
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A few carvings of James'.
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