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Friends of Log Cabins to rebuild cabin

Terry Mitten removes a nail from a log used in the Fraser Log Cabin while while disassembling the cabin in at Quinsippi Island on April 25, 2017. Work to rebuild the cabin is set to start on June 19.
H-W File Photo/ Jake Shane
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 6, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY — More than two years of fundraising have paid off for the Friends of the Log Cabins Association.

The organization that maintains and operations the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island is moving forward with the restoration of the Fraser Log Cabin.

The cabin was disassembled, catalogued and placed in storage in 2017 as the organization raised funds for the restoration.

"We finally got enough money in the bank that we can afford to do a contract," said John Gebhardt, president of the Friends of the Log Cabins.

Work is set to start June 19 when a four-person crew from Alegre Buildings LLC of American Fork, Utah, starts to rebuild the Fraser Log Cabin. It is expected to take up to nine days.

The company is owned by Helaman Haynie who was the crew chief of the crew that restored the Clat Adams Log Cabin in 2016.

The work will involve raising the cabin above the 100-year floodplain level.

The Fraser Log Cabin was built in 1828 and operated as a stagecoach stop on the way to Ursa.

When the work is complete, it will be used as a school.

Besides rebuilding cabins, Gebhardt said volunteers have been working to make repairs to the log corn crib.

"When we first went down there, the south wall was at an angle, and over time, we've been able to pull that wall back in," he said. "So it looks straight now."

They also had to repair a bowed wall on the D.D. Hull Cabin.

"We're gradually getting them all stabilized and some of them we're fully restoring like the Clat Adams and the Fraser cabins," Gebhardt said. "The others we've done partial restoration."

Before work can move forward, materials must be brought to the site.

The organization has scheduled a workday from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 13, in the village. Volunteers are needed help move building materials and logs from the former Sky Ride building to the village. A volunteer who has a truck and car carrier also is needed to move the materials.

Anyone interested in assisting for the workday should contact Gebhardt at logcabinvillagequincyil@gmail.com.