Welcome

Welcome to Fern Hollow Cabin, a historic log cabin in the lush woods of Northeast Iowa.  Come alone, or come with friends or family. Come sit still, or come play all day.

The log house is filled with good energy from all the 156 years that people have lived here. It feels good to be connected to our past.  It feels good to visit a place where the surfaces are brown, textured, and storied.  And it feels good to remember that even without a phone ringing or email calling, you still know how to enjoy the passing of time.  Call it your sanctuary, playground, arts space, or hermitage for a silent retreat.  It's all of these, and whatever else you’d like it to be!

This is my great-great-great grandparents' cabin, built in 1853.  We restored it in 1989, and it's really beautiful!  We warmly invite you to come and stay for a day or more. Wrap yourself in the songs of the woods.

"To live content with small means; To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; To be worthy , not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; To study hard, think quietly, Talk gently, Act frankly; To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; To bear all cheerfully, Do all bravely, Await occasions, Hurry never.


In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common ~ This is to be my symphony."

~William Ellery Channing