It’s such a shame the history we are losing around here.  A great many of the structures in Floyd a hundred years ago were log construction – hand-hewn, and hand-dovetailed.  The amazing thing is that there are still quite a number of them standing.  The sad thing is as we travel the roads around here, we see them everywhere falling downdue to lack of care for the roofs and foundations.  Twenty, thirty years from now, they’ll be mostly gone.

I had vague plans of restoring an old log cabin at the original homesite of Noah Moore, who owned the farm just prior to and during the Civil War.  But I had planned on doing it a few years from now, well after the house had been built.

Then an old buddy, Jim Calahan, owner of Highland TimberFrame, mentioned to me that he had an old cabin he had taken down nearby and was willing to sell it if he and his company could be the ones to put it back up.  The old foundation of Noah’s cabin was still visible, and the dimensions of Jim’s cabin matched up almost exactly.  Sounded like now was the time to do it.

So Jim and I decided to rebuild this one, and do it right so that it should still be standing 100 years from now.

We cleared the site, and dug footers for the foundation.  The original cabin was just set on corner stones (just how we did the reconstruction of the first cabin), but it was apparent that Noah Moore’s house was on a stone foundation, so we elected to go that route.  Jim took the stones from the chimney of the original cabin, and found almost identical matching stones at a local stoneyard.  As with most of the rest of the building projects at CRF, all the other wood needed was cut and milled on the property from dead, diseased and dying trees.

As of this writing, the cabin is mostly up.  The roof still needs to go on, as well as the porch.  We need to do the chinking, put in the windows and doors, and erect the chimney.  More updates as things progress.

Log Cabin Restoration

Log Cabin Restoration