Before the outbreak began, the cabin was owned by John Dorie. After killing a man during a robbery and being seen as a hero for it, John retreated to the cabin to get away from other people.
After the outbreak began, John continued to live in the cabin which proved to be isolated and relatively safe. John fished for food in the creek in front of the cabin and set up trenches to catch any walkers that came by so he could safely dispose of them.
One day, John finds June, who he takes to calling Laura when she won't give up her real name, face down in the creek but alive. John takes care of Laura who tries to steal his truck and leave, but can't get it started. The two live together in the cabin for awhile, forming a romantic relationship and investigating the source of the constant stream of walkers which are coming down the creek, finding a gap in a bridge upstream that they try to patch. However, the patch doesn't hold and more walkers keep coming until the two block it with a Jeep. Eventually, a herd pushes the Jeep away and the walkers fall through the hole and are washed downstream to the cabin, forcing John and June to fight them off, aided by the trenches John dug around the cabin. After June gets overwhelmed by walkers, John finally grabs his guns and shoots the rest dead. The next morning, June takes off, leaving John a message that she loves him and is sorry.
After June's departure, John abandons his cabin to search for her, though he states he locked the door first. After finally being reunited, John discusses the idea of returning with June and Charlie which frightens June as she worries that John sees her as Laura, not who she really is. The plan is interrupted when a massive hurricane hits the area and separates Morgan's group. After being reunited, John comments to June that he doesn't think they will be getting back to the cabin anytime soon due to the damage the hurricane caused "making that a near certainty." Instead, they plan to join the rest of the group in heading for Alexandria.
John later suggests to June fleeing the Pioneers and making their way back to his cabin which is only 100 miles from Paradise Ridge. John thinks that with the gas they've got, they can make it close enough to walk the last 10 or 15 miles. However, June refuses.