Oldest Log House in Alabama Gets New Home

Associated Press - August 20, 2007 2:34 PM ET

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A 200-year-old cabin believed to be the oldest intact log structure in Alabama has gotten a new life at Burrit on the Mountain - A Living Museum.

The Joel Eddins House is a two-story, twin-chimney "hall and parlor" style log cabin dates to 1810. The lead restoration expert believes it could be older based on the materials used and the tool markings characteristic of that period.

The firm that won the contract to disassemble, relocate and restore the cabin plans to use as much of the original material as possible.

The wrought hand hammered rosewood nails as well as the saw markings found in the sashes and frame were technologies that reach back to the 18th century.

Joel Eddins, a native of Abbeville, South Carolina, reportedly built the cabin in 1810.

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