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By SALLY MCQUINN |
Photos courtesy DON HARRISON

AT HOME IN THE MOUNTAINS

A

UNIQUE
BUILDER
This banjo picker and builder turned his love of the
mountains into his dream job.

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pon meeting Don Harrison,
you might consider him a
relaxed retiree who manages
a quiet little campground.
Nothing could be further
from the facts.
Harrison is the originator
of the newest campground in Explore
Park, at Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway
Milepost 115. He is an active owner-operator of Don's Cab-Inns Campground
which features unique arched mini cabins he builds himself. Far from being a
retiree, he is keenly involved in every
aspect of the business. Not only does he
build each cabin from the ground up,
he and his wife, Melody, assist Roanoke
County with reservations, oversee facilities and design each dwelling to make it
a guest's home away from home. Harrison enjoys chatting with campers and
those lucky enough might even catch
him picking and grinning on his banjo.
Harrison moved to Virginia from
North Carolina in his 20s to work in a paper mill, but with a background in electronics, he eventually found work with
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital as
an equipment technician. Although he


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