We spent Wednesday touring the southern portion of the county with Dan Daley and his family. Dan has a wealth of knowledge about log structures and the history of the area, so it was a real treat to be with him for the day. Our first stop required a bit of off-roading, then unplanned hiking, to a secluded farm...
Haunted House is located next to an old stagecoach road, the lane we walked in on. It was believed to have been an inn at one point and an impromptu hospital during the battle of Droop Mountain in the Civil War.
We were a bit bummed to see the logs covered by siding on the exterior, but fortunately there were still some logs exposed on the interior of the structure. We were not able to see which notching style was used in construction though.
I had no idea they were so adorable. We could hardly pull ourselves away from them. Momma pig was a pretty lady too.
See how sidetracked we get when cute animals are around? Every single time....
Sisler Cabin is a perfect candidate for tree-ring dating. The logs are exposed both inside and outside and bark is still present on many logs. We are excited to be working there this summer!
Additionally, I do not believe the entire two-story structure was built all at once. Looking closely at the logs, it appears that either a one or two story structure was built first, then the second side (two stories) was added on later, and lastly the one story addition was built.
But hey, I could be completely wrong about all of this. Only tree-ring dating and time will tell! We are absolutely, without a doubt, adding Caraway House to the project!
But Callison House was completely covered in siding, so we had to journey inside to see some logs. We had a real surprise waiting for us inside. The logs were very large. Upwards of 16 inches in diameter (most logs are around 12 inches). And in beautiful condition.
If ever Callison House undergoes a remodel and the plaster gets torn down, we hope to be there collecting cores from the newly exposed logs! This one will remain a mystery for now.