Boulder Cabin was part of the original Skyland resort, built and operated by businessman George Freeman Pollock in the early 20th century before the establishment of our national park. Freeman’s mountain resort attracted Washingtonians who wanted to escape the heat and bustle of the city. The resort reflected Freeman’s love for art and music; guests were frequently treated to musical performances, theatrical productions and costume parties.
When our national park was established, many structures were torn down, but several remained, including Boulder Cabin. For a while, the park used it as a park ranger office. But the building has been out of use for several years now, and it is in a state of decline.
The park has asked the Trust to restore Boulder Cabin for two primary purposes: 1) to preserve an important piece of regional history; and 2) to provide a permanent facility for the park’s Artist in Residence program.
By restoring Boulder Cabin and converting it to the permanent home for Artists in Residence, we will be able to expand and enhance the residencies that currently span two weeks; where most other national parks offer four to eight weeks. The cabin would include living space with a kitchen, and studio space that would be open to all park visitors. By converting the cabin to this use, we harken back to George Freeman Pollock’s infusion of the arts in his Skyland resort.
We are raising funds to undertake the first step in the historic restoration: an architectural survey that will tell us the extent of work that needs to be done. Will you support this project?