200-year-old cabin being restored

Submitted photoThe historical society plans to resume its regular programming and tours when repairs are completed later this spring. Watch the Dearborn County Historical Society website or find the group on Facebook for information about the grand reopening.

In Lawrenceburg, the historic Angevine Cabin is going under the knife, so to speak, according to a Feb. 26 Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office news release.

Workers have been carving out and replacing failing chinking between logs and removing rotted wood as part of a top-to-bottom rehabilitation of the two-story log home.

Around 1820, James and Susan Angevine built the house on a hill above Tanners Creek to replace an earlier home destroyed by flooding. They raised many of their 12 children in the log house before building a brick home around 1830. The log house became a rental property, and over the next 150 years its condition declined. In 1988, Fred and Pat Kammer donated the landmark to the Dearborn County Historical Society, which disassembled the cabin and moved it south to Lawrenceburg.

The society re-built the house on High Street near downtown, using it as a gathering and educational space, hosting living history programs for kids and adults and tours by appointment.

Last year, the society launched a campaign to raise money for much needed repairs to the landmark. Thirty years after its reconstruction, chinking between the home’s logs had cracked and crumbled in spots. Some of the logs themselves showed advanced rot, and a nonhistoric porch had decayed.

With private donations and grants from the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Dearborn County Community Foundation, the campaign surpassed its $75,000 target and brought much-needed attention to the project

For information on repairing historic log homes, check out National Park Service Preservation Brief 26.

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