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Although his home sits in Gordonville, Lancaster County, the basement is finished like an autumn day near the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon in Tioga County. That's where four generations of the Good family, along with their friends, have enjoyed hunting and camping.

Pointing to a mural surrounding half the basement walls, Ramond Good notes the hunting camp he remains a part of even today. "This is a cabin," said Good. "There's seven of us went together. Bought it in 1970."

The outdoor portion of the setting includes a panoramic mural depicting scenery that Raymond grew up with.

"It's just has a real life story of the cabins that I've been hunting in over the years," he said. "And the good times we've had there"

The other half of the ranch house basement is the real head turner. A replica log cabin, complete with front porch.

"When you walk through the door, it's just a wow factor," said Good, escorting us into the cabin. "It's like you're in a real log cabin in the 1800's. And that was my goal. To make it authentic."

Although construction of this unique project began almost five years ago, planning and dreaming for it started seven years ago, at the suggestion of Raymond's wife, Mary Lou.

"When we got married he said 'I go hunting!', chuckled his wife of nearly 50 years. " And I said 'Oh, my dad never left my mother.' He said 'I go hunting!"

Equipped with only limited building skills and a library of self-help books, Raymond spent two years constructing the cabin walls, ceiling, floor, and much of the furniture, using wood from his Tioga County property. Mary Lou finished off many of the items with artistic touches.

Noting the decorative etchings on some of the chair backs, Mary Lou explained, "I took a burning tool and burned the image of a cabin into the wood."

"We built all this as a team," she said. "And when he needed my help, I was always there for him."

And the Goods love showing off their one of a kind basement do-over. In just two years, more than 800 visitors from around the world have enjoyed this "touch of Tioga."

Joining Mary Lou on rocking chairs he built from his upstate property, Raymond summed up their joint effort.

"It was a lot of work, but it was worth it."

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