The Thoreau Cabin


Nestled between a pair of grand, old-forest pine trees, the Thoreau Cabin provides a rustic and inspiring setting for writing and reflection, as well as close-to-nature overnight accommodations for one person or a couple. There is no plumbing or electricity available in the cabin, but guests will have access to either the Gell House or Gleason Lodge for kitchen and bathroom usage.

Thoreau Cabin Rates

  • $45/$50 – W&B Member Rate/ Public Rate
  • For day use and/or overnight


  • Two guest maximum


Dr. Kenneth Gell was a great admirer of Henry David Thoreau, and so when he and his wife Geraldine first bought the property in the Bristol Hills and needed a place to stay when they visited on weekends and throughout the summer, he designed and built a small cabin built to the exact dimensions of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond.

In later years the Gells would build a more permanent house on the property in which they would live for the remainder of their lives, but that original cabin still exists and is now, after some minor renovations, once again available for daytime and overnight use.