Timmy's Cabin

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#202: “Timmy's Cabin”
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Psalm 33:18

18But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

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Timmy's Cabin

“Timmy's Cabin” is episode #202 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and originally aired on August 22, 1992.


Philip Glossman arrives in Odyssey, hoping to build a highway through Tom Riley's land.


Philip Glossman is back, and this time he’s after Tom Riley’s farm! Or at least part of it. He wants the land to build a new state highway. Since he works for the state Secretary of Transportation, he has the governmental authority to back up his decision. But the piece of land Glossman wants happens to be the place where Tom’s deceased son, Timmy, discovered and rebuilt an old cabin. Tom has decided to clean up the cabin and let the kids of Odyssey use it for a clubhouse.

When he, Whit, and Marsha check out the place, they discover someone is already living there! His name is Chapman, and he is a vagabond, a wandering “explorer of history.” He agrees to help Tom around the farm in exchange for his temporary lodgings. But those plans are put in jeopardy when Glossman swoops down on the farm and informs Tom of his intentions.

Tom and Whit try to fight for the land, but it’s no use. Glossman holds all the cards. He brings in his bulldozers. He’s just about to knock down the one memory Tom has left of his son when Mr. Chapman notices an unusual marking on the door frame. Chapman recognizes the mark as being carved by Johnny Appleseed! In fact, Tom Riley’s orchard may have been originally planted by Appleseed! This makes the cabin a historic landmark, which means that Glossman will have to build his highway elsewhere. Justice triumphs after all in Odyssey!

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Tom tell Mr. Chapman not to cause any trouble about tearing down the cabin?
  2. What was Johnny Appleseed’s real name?
    • Why did he plant so many orchards?
  3. Have you been to any other historical landmarks?
    • Which ones?
    • Why are they important?


Role Voice Actor
Mr. Chapman Bernard Erhard
Construction worker Dave Arnold
John Whittaker Hal Smith
Marsha Lydia Reissmueller
Philip Glossman Paul McCusker
Timothy Riley Landon Arnold
Tom Riley Walker Edmiston




Tom Riley: I sure do miss that boy, Whit. Even after all these years.