Northeast Georgia showcased on National Television, “In Merrie’s Memory” to air Sunday on DIY Network’s Barnwood builders

By Linton Johnson and Scott Smith


A log cabin constructed by Elberton businessman Joe Colvard will be featured this Sunday evening at 9pm on the DIY network entitled “In Merrie’s Memory”. The cast and production crew from the DIY Network’s popular “Barnwood Builders” show spent three days in May of this year at the construction site on Colvard’s Lake Hartwell property, shooting video and recording interviews for the episode.

Colvard said he emailed “Barnwood Builders” host and producer Mark Bowe last September about the cabin project. Colvard and his wife Merrie were avid fans of the show, which follows five fun-loving West Virginians who salvage log cabins and barns – celebrating the American pioneer spirit.

Bowe called Colvard within two hours of receiving the email, and soon thereafter Joe and Merrie made their way to the show’s “Boneyard” restoration facility in West Virginia to select the cabin’s design and logs – some of which are from Canada and date back to the 1600s. Colvard said the interior wood, sourced locally, is equally authentic to the spirit of the cabin.

The project took a sudden and tragic twist when Merrie Colvard passed away in January. Having lived in a log cabin they built in the Clarks Junction area of Elbert County 32 years ago, they looked forward to many years in the Lake Hartwell cabin. Joe Colvard said when the project is completed early next year, he knows the long weekends he will spend there will be bittersweet, but “I had to continue this in her memory.”

“Barnwood Builders” host Mark Bowe said when he decides to feature a project on an episode of the show, “It needs to be somebody who understands what we do and the love of what we do. It needs to be a good person. When Joe and Merrie came up to the yard, they fit that. Then of course, when Mary passed, I was one of Joe’s first phone calls. We talked, and I told him to hold off on the cabin, not to worry about it. He decided he wanted to go with this cabin to continue her dream.

Bowe went on to say “This will be a show that’s different from most. They’re all heartfelt, but Joe’s a good guy, and we were helping him continue her dream, but also this is a part of helping him heal. I feel like I’m being called to do more than just build a cabin here. It’s bigger than that.”

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