Breeden Cabin

Breeden Cabin

This is the oldest cabin in Skyline Lakes.  It was built circa 1922, making it nearly 100 years old.

Elmer Lloyd Breeden was born in 1902 and Nealie Jane Cave was born in 1903.  Elmer and Nealie married and built this cabin in circa 1922.  They went on to have eight children – most of which lived in this tiny cabin as children.

Elmer died in 1984 at the age of 81, and Nealie died in 1991 at the age of 88.  They had 8 children, 25 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Their  8 children, all deceased today, were Ethel Mae Breeden Brockmeyer (1925-1967), Richard Aldine Breeden (1928-2010), Esther Grace Breeden Nace (1930-2012), Virgil Hunter Breeden (1932-2016), Reginald Allen Breeden (1939-2009), Garland Matthew Breeden (1942-2009), David L. Breeden (1944-2001), and Delmer Michael Breeden (1949-2006).   It was Delmer Breeden that was the final Breeden owner of the Breeden Cabin, and he remained in Skyline lakes, as an active member of the homeowners association.

He was our security guard for many years and toured the area regularly on his favorite horse to inspect our properties for any signs of intruders.  He served two terms on our Board of Directors, from 1997 to 2003, and was elected for another term in 2006.  Delmer’s love of horses was known to all.  He was also the stable manager at Skyland for 44 years.  Delmer is pictured here at an annual meeting of the association doing what he loved – horseback riding.

Delmer was a great friend and neighbor in Skyline Lakes, as many older residents still speak fondly of him, including Orv Lee, our oldest resident at age 96.

Delmer, his parents, and most of his siblings are resting at the Tanner’s Ridge Cemetery – a private cemetery created for the families that were displaced in the 1930s, when Shenandoah National Park was being established.

For more information about the history of Skyline Lakes and the formation of Shenandoah National Park, visit our History page.

The current owner of the Breeden Cabin, Nathan Phenicie along with his Father Darrell, plan to clean up the cabin this summer, so please revisit this page, as we support them and document the progress.

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