Rebuilding Heritage: Man restores log cabins in Brown County


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Dennis Parman has been restoring log cabins in Brown County since starting his business in 2005. More than 1,800 authentic log cabins are located in Brown County.


Dennis Parman has been restoring log cabins in Brown County since starting his business in 2005. More than 1,800 authentic log cabins are located in Brown County.


Autumn long has been recognized as the best time to visit Brown County.

Trees that line the winding roads to Nashville glimmer in shades of crimson and gold as sunshine streams through the branches of maples and elms. Dried leaves flutter across the road as the wind picks up, and customers keep an eye out for roadside bargains.

But beyond what lies on the main road to Nashville is a lesser known feature of Brown County — one that Dennis Parman knows well.

Brown County is home to more than 1,800 authentic log cabins, and Parman has restored many of them.

He has been in the construction business since 1977. What began with installing vinyl siding for his father-in-law’s construction business eventually led to the full-time commitment of restoring log cabins. His business, Peaceful Valley Construction, was founded in 2005.

Parman and his wife, Betsy, first bought a log cabin in 1996 to restore. In 2002, he purchased a log cabin, disassembled it and moved it to Brown County, where he reassembled and restored it.

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