Cabins & Candlelight LLC
7295 N 1100 E
Colfax, IN 46035
About Cabins & Candlelight and your hosts, Chuck and Rhonda SmithThe concept
The initial idea for Cabins & Candlelight originated in 1998 when they first started searching for property on which to build a home. Living in Indianapolis at the time, they quickly discovered that any property in central Indiana that had natural beauty and character was being consumed for subdivision development or private estates.
They figured there had to be others who would enjoy getting away to a peaceful natural setting occasionally and tried to think of a way they could both preserve a small slice of nature for themselves and allow others to enjoy it as well. That thought, paired with their fondness for log cabins, eventually evolved into Cabins & Candlelight.
Finding the right property and the financial backing took three more years so it wasn't until October 2001 that construction started on the cabins. With the support of The Farmers Bank in Frankfort, the first cabin opened Memorial Day weekend 2002, and the second cabin opened in November 2002.
The cabinsThe cabins are built with Indiana native poplar logs. Three semi-truck loads of raw logs were trucked in, complete with bark. The logs were then cut on-site with a portable saw mill and de-barked. They designed the cabins themselves but enlisted a general contractor to help build them. They did, however, complete a good share of the work themselves, including all of the interior and exterior finish work, running water and power lines to the cabins, etc.
Chuck is a 1986 civil engineering graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. After graduation, he worked as a project manager for Mobil Oil Corporation for several years in southern California. He later helped create BBC Environmental, a soil and groundwater sampling company, before eventually returning to his home state of Indiana. After the cabins were completed, he ran a home inspection business for a few years. The maintenance and upkeep of the grounds now demands his attention full-time.
Rhonda graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in 1987 with a degree in journalism/public relations. She worked as the director of communications for Special Olympics Indiana from graduation until 2001, when they moved to the country with their two children, Sheraya, now 16, and Braden, 14.