story_photoSawtooth Plantation Story

Many years ago when I was a child I dreamed of riding a horse, carrying a gun on my hip, hunting and living off the land.  When I was 14 I met John Fischer, who turned out to be a lifelong friend and hunting partner, and his father Dr. Sam Fischer.  They had an incredible farm located in Sawyers Cove Alabama.  From the first day I visited I was hooked on farm living along with spending time hunting Whitetail deer and turkey.  Flash forward to November 1, 2007 and my dream came true.  Sawtooth Plantation was born.  After spending the winter of 2007 at Sawtooth, my vision of what was to come was firmly planted in my mind.  With the guidance of Adams Gerndt Design Group no detail would be left undone.  Sawtooth would become an oasis in the woods of Southeast Alabama.  A place for friends and family to spend time together, eat, drink and enjoy God’s many gifts in the outdoors.  Over the next 24 months, 4 cabins were built by hand with the help of Alan Meadows of Alex City.  Heart pine floors, walls and ceilings along with a cypress board and baton exterior and a tin roof create a warm setting for our guests.  Not to mention the perfect sleeping environment.  The reason I chose to build cabins instead of a huge lodge was to provide privacy for our guests.  Next the Sawtooth Cookhouse was built and completed on Dec 30, 2008.  A grand structure with 30 foot tall ceilings that house a full service kitchen, bar, dining area as well as comfortable furniture by the fireplace and television.  Surrounding the Cookhouse is a wrap around porch that offers breathtaking views across the lake.  Oh yes I forgot to mention all of the cabins are just a few feet away of the lake and each has a breath taking view.  Just steps away from the porch of the Cookhouse we built the most popular destination and hang out spot at Sawtooth during the winter.  The Fire Pit.  Rocking chairs circle the rock lined pit and provide the perfect warm way to end a memorable day with friends and family.  Located behind the Cookhouse is our Skinning Facility.  One side houses a 10×12 walk in cooler to age our venison and the other side houses our processing room.  Just to the east of the Cookhouse is where the main house is located.  Just behind the house is a garage with a guest suite on top.  About 500 yards to the east is the Sawtooth Barn.  The barn is yellow pine post and beam construction with rough cut walls and exterior.  The barn was built by Lee, Shane, Alan and John in 2009.  The barn is one of my favorite buildings at Sawtooth.  If you are wondering where the name Sawtooth Plantation came from you are not alone.  Mr. Jerry Banks one of the previous owners was a true steward of the land.  Having planted several thousand Sawtooth Oak Trees on the property along with many fruit orchards it became obvious to me what to name it.  Everywhere you go on the property you can’t help but see one of the Sawtooth trees he planted.  We are blessed and are reaping the benefits of his hard work over a 20 year period. Over the next several decades or as long as I’m around, Sawtooth will be a canvas that will fill in with hard work, good times and the memories that will be created.  Come see for yourself what a dream come true looks and feels like.

John Cassimus