John Gaskins was born in Indiana in 1816. He married Susan Scott in 1835 and moved to Marion County in Northwest Arkansas in 1840. In 1855 he decided to move his family to Kansas, after hearing of all the prosperity being enjoyed there. On the way, John met several people who had been to Kansas and were returning to their homes. It turns out the claims of Milk & Honey weren’t as true as he had been lead to believe. So, he turned his family around and relocated to Eureka Springs. He bought land, built a home and lived here until the Civil War started in 1861.
Being a Union advocate, John moved his family to Greene County Missouri for the duration of the war. When the war ended, John returned to Eureka Springs only to find that his home and farm had been burned and pillaged. In 1864 John and his family began the arduous task of rebuilding and built the cabin that is the heart of our restaurant.
In the 1880’s John sold some of his land, as an easement, to the Eureka Springs Railway Company with the agreement that a Switch (small depot) would be built across from his home and that he and his family would have lifetime passes on the railroad. Thus, Gaskins Switch was created.
John and his family lived in this cabin until the 1890’s, when he sold the land and cabin and moved just east of Eureka Springs. John and Susan are buried in the Gaskins Switch Cemetery, located near the cabin.
Lisa and Bert are proud to be part of the history of John Gaskins’ cabin. They take great pride in preserving the cabin and the stories that abound. They find it particularly enjoyable to welcome John’s descendants into the cabin.