Our History

The History on Tibbett’s Wilderness goes back almost 50 years for my family. My dad purchased the property when I was a young teenager for a getaway for all of us. There were two cabins on the property originally – and was extremely primitive. There was no insulation in the walls, only a wood stove, and a kitchen table, and two roll out beds with mattresses that twin size. So the six of us slept in close quarters on the weekends. Mom had brought up old furniture once things were updated in our house, and added piece by piece until things got comfortable.

Before dad retired, they had made a decision to potentially build on the property and retire here. Because of that decision, they remodeled the cabin to make the Big Cabin livable. As plans once laid out – a farm came up for sale that was adjacent to the property – they decided to move into the “big farm house” instead, and use the cabins as alternative housing for when the family gets together, because the farm butted up to the property – and only made the estate that much bigger.

The Cabin’s history of memories also includes where mom’s fiddle music started. She started playing with cassette tapes when no one was around and then we all encouraged her to compete in a fiddle contest in Cotton, MN. She was super good, and we all loved to listen. From there her music grew into local jam bluegrass sessions, more fiddle contests and then onto judging. She is the Minnesota State Fiddle Champion for over 11 years…. So I know that in our family – she has championed that talent. She has also had a several fiddle workshops that have brought fiddlers from all of the world join in on the fun. Calvin Volrath, Dean Bernier, Gordon Stobbe, and many many more.

There were many bon fires, weddings, baptisms, Christmas sled parties, deer camp and many teenage parties for when the partying started. The creek had a huge oak tree with a tree swing that we would swing out into the deepest part of the creek, as well as canoe up to the bridge for fishing. The largest used weeks the cabin was ever used when all of us got together was for deer camp. Deer opener offered a night where everyone got together to play 6 5 4, Presidents and A……., and Euchre. In preparation for the years harvest, we all got excited for the morning hunt, and the Big Cabin offered a great place for stories to be shared of the animals.

The Little Cabin in the Woods – was utilized by Arnie and I when the kids were small – for privacy. We fixed up the cabin with insulated walls, a bed for us and kids, kitchen table, chairs and a crib… Small but cozy. It has maple hardwood floors, and chip board walls.

The Third cabin – the Buk Hut came from all kinds of broken down projects that I collected. The main portion of the cabin was an addition that I tore down at Palisade Head in Superior. It was attached to a camper as an additional sleeping room and sun porch. The sauna and bath portion – wood was collected every time I would hear of new construction jobs – and they had left over wood – I would gather. The flooring came from a home that had been flooded, and the flooring had to be torn out that day. I dried out the wood, and insulated the floor, and now – the cabin has a flooring. I insulated this cabin several years ago – and is lined with the cedar siding that was on the Big Cabin. The sauna is lined with cedar from a discount lumber supply place in Isle that deals with refurbished projects. The trim boards inside were from old telephone poles. Whenever someone is tearing down a project – they seem to call me. I guess you could say it is part of a Sustainable Living Project.

As far as the Coffee Roasting – I have been roasting for 10 years now- and have only learned more each day by listening to others, as well as enjoying a great cup of coffee. I started roasting coffee at the Bed and Breakfast that I owned in Cashton, WI and started to sell coffee there as a drink, and retail. Now being relocated at the home place, I plan to expand this line here offering local artisan roasted coffee to the locals.

My mission in this property has a bottom line. First – its home a place for family and friends to visit. Second – its my home that I choose to share with new friends. I am driven to educate people on how to live off the grid, simply, and affordably, but to be comfortable, and to find like minded people to network with.

“Making something out of nothing, with nothing into something.”

Deb Schoening

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