Yank Cabin

Yank Cabin Amenities

  • Queen Bed downstairs in private bedroom
  • Double Bed upstairs in loft, to get to the loft you must climb a ladder straight up the wall. Kids love it!
  • Private out door hot tub under the stars.
  • Efficiency Kitchen
  • Gas Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Micro-Wave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Private Bathroom with Bath Tub / Shower Combo
  • Cable TV with DVD / VCR player
  • Gas Fireplace and Electric Heat
  • Propane Grill
  • Out door fire pit & Picnic Table
  • All linens, Towels, & Kitchen Utensils supplied
  • Beach Towels for the hot tub are suggested

History of the Yank Cabin

  • The Yank Cabin was named after Hiram Ulysses S. Grant
  • Born April 27, 1822 – Died July 23, 1885
  • The Yank Cabin dedicated to the 16 Union Soldiers buried behind it.

image5 Yank Cabin West Virginia CabinsIn 1839, Jesse Grant arranged for his son’s admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The congressman who appointed Grant mistakenly believed his first name was Ulysses and his middle name was Simpson (his mother’s maiden name). Grant never amended the error and went on to accept Ulysses S. Grant as his real name, although he maintained that the “S” did not stand for anything.

Ulysses Grant commanded the victorious Union army during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and served as the 18th U.S. president from 1869 to 1877. An Ohio native, Grant graduated from West Point and fought in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). During the Civil War, Grant, an aggressive and determined leader, was given command of all the U.S. armies. A primary focus of Grant’s administration was Reconstruction, and he worked to reconcile the North and South while also attempting to protect the civil rights of newly freed black slaves . After the Civil War began in April 1861, Grant became a colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteers. Later that summer, President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) made Grant a brigadier general. Grant’s first major victory came in February 1862, when his troops captured Fort Donelson in Tennessee. When the Confederate general in charge of the fort asked about terms of surrender, Grant famously replied, “No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.”

The Yank Cabin, was originally located on Droop Mountain, which is the largest Civil War Battle ground in West Virginia. This cabin was used by the confederate troops as they re-treated the Greenbrier Valley after the battle of “Droop Mountain” as a bivouac and first aid station. Behind the Yank Cain is the resting place of 16 Union Soldiers.


“In 2014 when we decided to get married, we knew that we wanted the ceremony to be meaningful to us, intimate, and at the same time a very “no frills” sort of affair. We decided on Pocahontas County, WV. Glen grew up near Richwood, and I used to spend my summers with my grandparents in Frankford (in Nicholas County and Greenbrier County respectively). Pocahontas County was right in the middle of two of favorite places and where our roots are firmly planted. It made sense to us to married in an area that we both dearly love.

We made all of our plans, and I had remembered driving past the signs for Jerico Civil War Cabins at some point on one of our many trips back down home (we currently reside in the Eastern Panhandle of WV about 75 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.) so I decided to give them a call to see if they could provide us with a sufficient honeymoon get-a-away. After several e-mails with Lindy, I had booked The Rebel for our June wedding. When we arrived, Glen and I were in awe of the wonderful little cabin. It was everything that we could have hoped for. Rustic, quiet, and it came with stunning views. My husband was in love; not only with me, but with choice of accommodations.

Over the course of a few days, we met Tom (who was more than happy to stop and talk with Glen while he enjoyed the peaceful mornings in the rocking chair on the porch of The Rebel) and we got to hear the stories behind the cabins and how Tom painstakingly takes apart log buildings and puts them back together on his property and graciously shares them with his guests. Knowing the story of historical preservation and all of Tom’s efforts, our hearts were even more endeared to this wonderful place.

We love the scenery around The Rebel…

And the wildlife …

And the fire pit…

And watching a thunderstorm roll in over the hills and then listening to the rain play us a symphony on the tin roof… … …

And then watching the sun peak back out from behind the clouds after the storm… … …

Upon finding out that we were newly married, Lindy gave us a coupon for a free night on our next visit. Free night or not, we had already decided to return for our one year anniversary, and that stay was just as wonderful as our first visit. Needless to say, we have already booked The Rebel for our second anniversary in June of 2016. If we could, we would move to Pocahontas County and live in The Rebel! Tom and Lindy are two of the most down to earth, gracious inn keepers you could ever hope to meet and we love and look forward to our week in their little cabin, “The Rebel” every year among the rolling hills of Pocahontas County.”

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