Plummer cabin owners create a unique historic district

Oh sure, these documents might look dry as dust, but what wonderful secrets they hold!
Information submitted by Patricia Stimmel

All it takes is one person to start a wave, but if that one person is determined, dedicated, and driven, that wave can turn into a tsunami.
When our community was young, a builder named Dick Plummer started designing and constructing what he considered “weekend cabins” in this place called Big Canoe. The 115 cabins he built had delightful, rustic touches like log walls, Tennessee stone, and planked flooring. The cabins, some called them cottages, were perfect for the Atlanta elite who could afford to escape to the mountains for restful respites.

Oh sure, these documents might look dry as dust, but what wonderful secrets they hold!

Many of the cabins were passed around families, often adding or subtracting features as clans and interests grew, but always keeping the unique bones that Dick Plummer created.
Patricia Stimmel now lives in one of these charming cabins and was intrigued enough to locate other folks who found the older Plummers perfect for their homesteading style. With new construction and high tech often catching the eye of many Big Canoe homebuyers, Patricia knew it took a special person to settle in a cabin that was decades old.
She started poking around to find out more about the builder and the various blueprints he used; Dick Plummer often named his cabins after trees found in our forests. She put out a call for other Plummer owners to share a glass of wine at her home, never dreaming she was becoming the mother of Big Canoe’s most fascinating historic district. Wine and cheese parties now regularly happen in Plummer cabins all around our mountains.
Paul Schmidt, who was Dick Plummer’s building partner, recently contacted Patricia to offer a pile of old files he came across detailing the construction company’s heyday. She jumped at the chance and picked up the material the next day.
Patricia spent hours page turning through time discovering lists of original cabin owners, some handwritten and others typed on Plummer stationery. Included were lists of models, lenders, and a history of the Plummer Company.
Of course Patricia searched to see who might have owned her cabin “way back” and found her Sweet Gum model was originally purchased by Sam Dominey of Dunwoody in’78 with a walloping price of $48,179 plus lot.
Fernando Caycedo of Atlanta bought the cabin a year later (Sam was flipping houses maybe?) followed by Paul and Dahlia Conn from Tennessee. Bob and Judy Allen bought the Sweet Gum in 1982 with Patricia signing on the buyer’s dotted line in 2010.
Patricia loves playing detective! If you’re a Plummer owner and are interested in learning who your former cabin owners were, along with tidbits about your home, send a request to She’ll do her best to dig around and surprise you.
There’s a Plummer Facebook page which tells much about the cabins and what events are planned next for this cadre of Plummer devotees.