Historic log cabin dedicated to Clat Adams getting new life

Joe Gallagher, left, owner of Heritage Preservation Resources of Boise, Idaho, and Brad Wallis from Ridgeway Co., shape the logs from the Clat Adams cabin Tuesday on Quinsippi Island. | H-W Photo/Michael Kipley
Posted: May. 8, 2015 8:51 am Updated: May. 22, 2015 9:20 am

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QUINCY -- Joe Gallagher's job is helping keep history alive. His current mission is to bring the Clat Adams Log Cabin back to life.

Gallagher, owner of Boise, Idaho-based Heritage Preservation Resources, and his three-man crew started work Monday in the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island. By the time the crew is finished with the work, the 1850s-era cabin will be standing once again.

"The importance of this building is because it's used to tell a story in Quincy about Quincy's past," Gallagher said. "We are trying to respect that and give them a building that they can feel good about bringing the public into see.

"It's all being able to touch and feel historical presence. This is somebody's cabin from some time ago."

The cabin was built in 1850 and dedicated to Adams, a riverboat captain and a storekeeper in Quincy in the 1800s. It is one of seven original structures built in the 1800s that make up the Log Cabin Village. The cabin was disassembled in 2012 because of its advanced deterioration. Logs from the cabin were saved and placed in storage, and Gallaher and his crew are using as many of those logs as possible. Other logs used in the project come from salvaged buildings from around the same time period.

"We're remanufacturing (the logs) here on site, and then we're going to be ready to lay them up and have a cabin-raising," Gallagher said.

The effort to rebuild the cabin is being led by the Friends of the Log Cabins. Group President John Gebhardt said Quincy Preserves provided a $6,000 grant that allowed the project to move forward.

"It will allow us to finish the cabin, including putting a cedar shake roof on it," he said.

Gebhardt said volunteers will be needed to complete the project -- putting on the roof, and placing the windows and doors in the cabin. He said the goal is to have the cabin ready for visitors by Sept. 12 for the annual Frontier Days celebration in the village.

"This project is pretty cool because the Friends have devoted a lot of time and energy and money into it," Gallagher said.


The Friends of the Log Cabins is having several events in May. The group's annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 21 at the shelter house near the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island. A cleanup day will be held in the village from 9 a.m. to noon on May 23. The village's annual open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 30. A fundraising walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 30. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. All funds will be used to help restore the 1828 Fraser Log Cabin. For more information, contact John Gebhardt at