Our Story

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The Horst Family

Cabin Creekwood was started in 1982 with one cabin, the original “Cabin Creekwood.” This hunting cabin was purchased by Stan and Mary Jane Shirk, who began renting it out to vacationers as a means of raising money to support missions. Over time, as people began to find out about this unique opportunity to enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains, the cabin was filled much near to capacity. The Shirks then decided to build another cabin, called Rockwood. A few years later, Mountainwood was added. Then an opportunity came to lease a couple of cabins.

In 1995, the Shirks decided that Cabin Creekwood was too large of a business for them to continue as a part time occupation, and offered to sell it to their daughter and son-in-law, Stan and Debbie Horst. This came at a time of job transition for Stan, so the Horsts evaluated the opportunity and decided to pursue it if they could expand it large enough to be a full-time business. This was when the decision was made to purchase the property that now contains Oakwood, Logwood, and Barnwood.

For 19 years, Stan and Deb continued to run Cabin Creekwood, along with the assistance of their two children, Kendall and Jordan. Stan and Mary Jane Shirk also helped out when things got extra busy, or when the Horst family took a vacation. In addition to the family members, the Horsts depended on several part-time helpers to take care of cleaning and some of the maintenance.

The McCarthy Family

The McCarthy Family

In 2014 came the next big transition. Peter & Julia McCarthy came on board to take care of the day-to-day operations. Peter & Julia, along with their two girls, managed the properties and interacted with guests. Today, Julia handles all the day-to-day operations. As our on-site manager, she is the one you’ll talk to when making a reservation, calling with questions, or checking in. Meanwhile, Stan stays very active with the marketing and business administration responsibilities.

Together, all of us look forward to hosting you at Cabin Creekwood, “Your Truly Restful Getaway!”