Smalltown USA Backwood’s Income

Here is a Smalltown USA backwood’s income opportunity.

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Our recent message Smalltown USA Opportunity looked at various ways to lead a low stress rural life and earn income at the same time.

One great way to have a backwood’s income is with mountain rentals, as Merri and I do.  We have three cabins and we love this business as it’s profitable and lets us enjoy some really wonderful, interesting people.

Here is a three cabin rental business near our farm that just came on the market and you could own. 

Our friend, Tim Parsons, just sent us a listing for this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cabin on a 132 acre farm that has an additional three rental cabins.  The seller says that the rentals in 2015 amounted to $50,000.

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This property is set up with 3 rental cabins but, the main house is not rented.  There is 137 plus acres that back up to government land.  There are several streams, springs and a pond on the property.


Hiking trails and 4 wheeler trails abound, wildlife such as deer and turkey can easily be seen on the property, maybe a bear or two if you look.

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Two of the rentals are park models with 400 square feet each.

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These are efficient units, ideal for rentals.


The third cabin is on the creek and has 954 sf with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a covered porch front and rear.


Owner finance is available.  The asking price is $799,000 with $200,000 down.

Want to learn more?  Contact Tim Parsons is at Century 21 Heritage Realty in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Tim can be reached by phone Toll Free: 800.865.4221 or 336.246.2664  – Cell: 336.877.7713 – Email:

I am not recommending that everyone should quickly buy land in the Blue Ridge.  However, if you love being in remote places surrounded by nature and a lot of fresh pure water, then you should investigate.  Merri and I did.  We love it here where three cars is a traffic jam, our commute from bedroom to office is about 45 seconds and did I mention our five county area has the highest percentage of fiber optics home connectedness in the USA?  We can be away from it all, but still totally connected to the world from the Blue Ridge.  We love and have enjoyed our 18 years at Little Horse Creek!


Escape the Madding Crowd

Join us on Little Horse Creek where Merri and I spend our summers in the Lost Provence.  

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Enjoy the cool, green, fresh Blue Ridge simplicity of our farm.

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Escape the hectic pressures of  the city.  Enjoy the freshness of our forest at the end of the world but, still be in the middle of things.

The motto at one of our nearest restaurants in Lansing, North Carolina (192 friendly  people) was: “This is not the end of the world but you can see it from here”.

Merrily Farms is at the end of the world… isolated… nurtured in nature… serene… a perfect place for creativity and peace.

When Merri and I sold our print publishing business in the 1990s, we built cabins and a seminar hall and renovated cottages here.

Little Horse Creek Autumn entrance

The farm is always quiet, peaceful and relaxing.  We built this covered bridge as it allowed us to cross Little Horse Creek…before that one had to wade through!


In times that so many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business.  The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching.  In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.  This is the place where you leave all this behind.

Our idea was to have small seminars at the farm.

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A group with us at the farm.

There was a problem.  The seminars and courses kept growing too large.  This is a pleasant problem but a difficulty still.

We have given up and have the seminars in West Jefferson at the Jefferson Landing Country Club where there is plenty of space.

We now offer these cabins as quiet escapes at the end of the world, even if you do not want a private consultation.

The cabins and cottage are available for a few days, a week or even a month so you can enjoy the peace and beauty of the Blue Ridge… as Merri and I do.

Make Merrily Farms your escape to our remote North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.

Here is the creek…


Here is the cabin in spring.


It overlooks the creek.


There is a huge deck for outdoor living.

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Enjoy eating creekside overlooking the waters of Little Horse Creek.

The cabin is 800 square feet over all.

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The floors and walls are poplar.

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There is plenty of natural surroundings and light.


Enjoy the deck…


overlooking the creek.

There is one bedroom, one bathroom.

There is a full kitchen.  This cabin has one king size bed and a queen size sleeper sofa to accommodate up to four guests.

You can see full details and reserve the cabin at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

The second peaceful haven is our Creekside Farmhouse on Little Horse Creek.


Sounds of the creek are very soothing.


great for sitting on rocking chairs on


the front porch.


Living room.


Three bedrooms, a den and dressing room.  Up to ten can stay.


Two bathrooms with showers.






Dining room.

You can see full details or reserve at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage

Many come just to escape and relax.  Other readers come for private self publishing or internet micro business or Ecuador consultations

There is eight miles of hiking trail where you might see deer…

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wild turkey and…

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plenty of brook and rainbow trout in the creek.

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A trout our daughter caught in the creek.

Travel is easy as well. There are really low cost flights on Allegiant Airlines from our nearest airport Tri City Regional Airport (1.5 hours away) to Tampa and Orlando.  Delta connects to Atlanta and US Airways connects to Charlotte.

Join us at the farm through AirBNB.

See details for reserving our cabin for up to four guests at AIRBNB Virgina Creeper Cabin

See details for reserving our cottage for up to eight guests at AIRBNB Bluegrass Music Cottage