18th Century Farmhouse Reborn
Over the past five years, I have documented the condition of the 18th century log cabin located deep in Otter Creek Valley. Last year, a new front porch replaced an older version, and thankfully, there was evidence that repairs were being made on the over 200 year old structure. Over the past two weeks, a new roof has replaced the older, sagging roof, and repairs continue on the exterior of the cabin. I couldn’t be more pleased. This farmhouse must be one of the oldest surviving homes in Rutherford County, and it would have been a shame to have allowed it to decay further.
Cabin during the winter before repairs were made…
The original profile of the cabin has been restored with a new wood and metal roof. The image below shows the old roof line after the kitchen addition was added after the Civil War.
A corner view shows work continuing to replace the rotted porch. Notice the concrete block construction underneath the kitchen addition, compared to the original hand placed stone foundation of the older structure.
The image below was added on May 31st to show the completed side porch. Also, the cellar door was open on this visit, and I found a dirt floor space about 6 feet high, with no visible supports under the cabin.
In rebuilding the side porch, the original 220 year old logs were revealed. The plank siding was added after the Civil War. The cabin might have looked like the one below before the siding was added.