The MuleSkinner Lodge is a converted barn in the beautiful non-monotonous hills of Eastern Kansas situated on 20 acres of mid-west prairie and woodland. The lodge and the land was once owned by Timothy Kern, the deceased son of current owner Caroline (Matthews) Kern. Tim, a naturalist and outdoorsman, had A unique personality which was the inspiration for the renovation of the MuleSkinner Lodge. The name MuleSkinner Lodge is a tribute to Tim, who trained mules for competition jumping, trail riding, and hunting. He was also an avid fisherman and so loved fishing the Delaware River and Lake Perry close by.


Meticulous renovation of the old barn took 5 years. Nearly every aspect of the lodge both inside and out was completed with the dedicated hands of Tim’s mother, friends and family.
Finishing the siding

The outside of the barn was completely transformed. The original badly weathered yellow pine lap siding was removed, power washed, sanded, and polyurethaned before they were reapplied on the inside of the lodge at angles. Stained glass windows were hand made that bring stunning images into the lodge and provide some natural light into the bathroom. The wondrous wrap-around deck was added to the lodge to provide extra outdoor comfort while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding terrain or quietly watching for the wildlife.

Just like the outside siding, original indoor wall boards were also refinished by hand. Everything inside the lodge from the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to the furniture was carefully selected and much made by hand. It was not just for comfort and quality, but with the goal of providing the look and feel of the old barn and it‘s ties to nature, while making multiple purposes of many things.