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Old 05-13-2013, 02:26 PM
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We found a log cabin within the house we are tearing down on our property. We would like to have an idea how old it is and have only guessed that it could be from the late 1850's but recently it has been suggested it could be older. Where would you go about finding someone with knowledge of old log cabins and also someone who could help us with advice on preserving and later on restoring the cabin? Anyone have an idea?
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We found a log cabin within the house we are tearing down on our property. We would like to have an idea how old it is and have only guessed that it could be from the late 1850's but recently it has been suggested it could be older. Where would you go about finding someone with knowledge of old log cabins and also someone who could help us with advice on preserving and later on restoring the cabin? Anyone have an idea?
Check deeds and abstract if your state uses abstracts. Then try your local historical soceity.
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I'm doing the same thing your trying to do on an old log cabin that only had some corners left and half a door with a name on it. I was told that during the depression a lot of folks moved to the mountains and build their own houses on what ever land they came by and liked. I have talked to a number of old timers in the area that used to run cattle up here and none of them remember any cabin up this way. Years ago there were a lot of miners in this area also. Since it takes awhile for a log cabin to rot, I'm guessing mine was built around 1870 to 1900. The last person I talked to lived not to far from where the cabin would have been and she does not remember a cabin there in the 40's
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Have you tried bringing it flowers or complimenting it on its eaves?

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Have you tried bringing it flowers or complimenting it on its eaves?

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We have been able to determine that it was definitely there in 1876 because it shows up on the plat map. The local historical society is run by volunteers and the main researcher recently passed away. They haven't been any help.

I do need to check with the county recorder next I guess to see when the first deed was filed on that property. Not that it would help date the cabin really.

What I guess I am looking for is someone who is knowledgable in looking at the building style and how the logs were cut and be able to give us a close estimate of age.
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So what kind of a notch did they use ?
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Got any pictures?
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If there is any sawn lumber original to the cabin look for marks the blade leaves on the boards/planks. Curved marks are later circular blade and straight marks are earlier pitsawn
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