Gatlinburg WildfiresHonest Abe Owners Lose Second Home in Gatlinburg Wildfires
To the victims of the Gatlinburg wildfires…
Above all else, I’d like to express my sympathy to you on the loss of your home. A home is more than just the materials from which it is constructed. It’s the memories that give it substance, and I know you will not be able to replace that. I am sure of this because our family lost our house in the fire last month, and though it was a vacation retreat and not our primary residence, it still held irreplaceable memories for us – especially memories made with my late father.
I do not presume to compare the loss of a vacation home to losing the home where you lived, because not only have you lost memories, you have lost the actual mementos of your past. I am so sorry you have to endure this kind of loss.
As our family has thought about the options that could be most helpful, we have considered many ideas. We’ve looked various ways we could make donations to the community itself, and we are determining how exactly we will do that. However, we realize that for you as a homeowner, you have the very practical matter before you of rebuilding a house while addressing all the accompanying logistical details.
On behalf of my brother, Shane, and my mother, Janie, with whom I continue to own and operate Honest Abe Log Homes, the Tennessee company my father, Doug Smith, founded 37 years ago, we want to make sure your options for rebuilding are viable. We would like to extend to you the offer for assistance noted on this page, knowing that like us you will be navigating numerous challenges in the upcoming months.
I invite you to call our office to initiate the discussion about rebuilding your home. Our sales representatives are prepared and eager to help and will have additional details about our special assistance to wildfire victims.
April Smith Patterson
Owner, Honest Abe Log Homes
Our Offer to You
We’re committed to helping you rebuild or build your log cabin.
• We are offering a discount structure that reflects 2015 prices for those affected by the fire.
• We are engaging in an ongoing effort to work with material suppliers to garner additional discounts on behalf of the customer.
• We will be dedicating resources and assets to the Gatlinburg area (such as building crews, heavy machinery, etc) to facilitate the building process.
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Honest Abe Log Homes Owners’ Vacation Home, Peaceful Place, Destroyed in Gatlinburg Wildfires
April Smith Patterson, daughter of Honest Abe Log Home founders, Doug and Janie Smith, shares memories of their home away from home.
By April Smith Patterson
Peaceful Place. Words of which, at the time, were my father’s description of the family home away from home we built together in the majestic, beautiful and peaceful Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
In 1995, Rick Denton, who was then Honest Abe Log Homes’ president, found property in the Cobbly Nob area in the mountains and decided it would be a great place for a second home. He soon brought Dad on board along with our close friends and builder Joe and Anna Isenberg.
It was then when it began…
Read April's Memory
Peaceful Place Before the Fire
Peaceful Place After the Fire
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