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MacBeth's Cabins History

TAKEN FROM THE DERRICK BICENTENNIAL EDITION, PART TWO, September 6, 1976

George R. MacBeth Develops Cabins

From modest beginnings as operator of a gas station and country store, George R. MacBeth has developed a prospering business catering to the tourist trade at Cook Forest.

Mr. MacBeth first went into business in 1928, and over the years has expanded his enterprise to include a group of log cabins which are generally filled with visitors throughout the summer, and into the fall hunting season; a gift shop and a restaurant.

Starting with two small wood frame cottages in 1929, he gradually added additional log cabins along the hillside above his store until there are now 27 cabins ranging in size from one room, which accommodate 2 or 3 persons, to large 3-bedroom cabins with modern facilities, that can house up to 16 campers.

In 1936, the MacBeths added a lunchroom, and sometime later built on an addition to their original building to house a gift shop.

Mr. MacBeth and his wife originally ran the business. Now three generations of the family lend a hand in the business, which continues to grow and attract visitors, many of whom return year after year to enjoy the beautiful setting in which the business operates.

Here's a little more recent history by a long time MacBeth's customer:

"Just a note to let you know that MacBeth's/Cook Forest has been a part of my life for 33 years. I started coming with my family when I was 5 months old and have since taken over my Mother's reservations as she moved down south. My week long stay at the end of July has become a tradition that I look forward to each year. The friendly staff makes me feel like I'm part of the family. From Mike MacBeth to Rocky....you're all great. I wouldn't give up my reservation for Cabin 11 for the world. Each year I invite friends to stay with me and they cannot believe the beauty and serenity. Especially from the porch of the cabin. When driving to Cooksburg, I cannot wait to get to the cabin, look across the river and see if "my 5 dead trees" have fallen yet. I love to walk across the river and sit on "my rock". Words cannot express the love I have for your establishment. Thanks for the memories...many more to come...(always a tornado when I come too....oh well--Now there's a memory!! No power for 2 days....you all were so accommodating. See you soon! Dawn Murphy (and the dogs, Macaroni and Cheese)". ..... Dawn G. Murphy