JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — Tourism professionals and civic leaders who took part in Wednesday’s Partners in Tourism event at The Mohicans and Grand Barn Event Center visited what may be the most unusual lodging and conference sites in or near Knox County. The gathering was sponsored by the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau and hosted by Kevin Mooney, developer of the heavily wooded, 75-acre facility located off Wally Road on Vess Road.
Still a work in progress, The Mohicans features a rustic lodge known as the Grand Barn. It comfortably serves 150 people and can handle as many as 250 for weddings and corporate gatherings. With four luxury cabins and two signature treehouses, plus sleeping rooms and a loft in the event center, there are overnight accommodations on site for 40 to 50 people. Mooney also has a 16-passenger van to shuttle clients to other lodging in the area.
“One thing we’re committed to is being ‘green’ in all we do,” Mooney told the group of about 30. “We’re all about using and re-using, so whenever possible we incorporate materials from the property. We use a lot of old barn siding, we compost, and our flooring includes seven varieties of local trees. The next treehouse we plan will be ‘off the grid’ with solar power.”
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