Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Update on the Ft. Zumwalt project. . .

An update on the reconstruction of the Ft. Zumwalt site.











Not much had been done over the last year, when we visited it,













but they are finally at it again. . .

 You can see the latest work done by the lighter color of the logs in the new work.
 Second story has been started on the western most cabin.
 More logs in on the north side of the middle cabin also.

 Close up of the tongue and grove construction of the middle cabin.
 Even closer view.
North walls.
Won't be long now.

Friday, April 11, 2014

While up at the farm - I found this nice little remuddle.

While up at the farm this weekend, I got a chance to explore some of the old re-buildings at the counties fairgrounds.

This little structure had been rebuilt from other logs and made to function as part of the 'tourist' attraction when they have ole timey events on the grounds.
So it can't be faulted to much for how it looks.
A little to 'Lil Abner' for my tasted, but it serves it's purpose and it saved some logs.

Also on site is an old caboose in need of some love.
But it is not beyond repair.





























Saturday, March 22, 2014

One that got away. . . just a memory now.

Passed this one for lots of years and then drove by one time and it was gone. It set back in a field behind the main farm house.

Not sure what it's original purpose was.
Was it the first home before the main house  was built.
Was it slave or workers quarters?

Summer kitchen?









The sides of the logs had never been hewn, which usually indicates the building was never intended as the main house.
Or they could have planned on siding it right away, which would be very unusual.

I love the mix of wood and stone between the logs to hold the chinking.

The vertical slat would have held the siding.
























The doors and windows were very simple.

The addition on the back was added at a later time, perhaps to make kitchen space or another bedroom.










 Here seen in the snow.


















Looking in the window at an old stove.

I think the family hunters used it for a few years before they took it down and just used the old farm house.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Finally pulled over. . . . .

I am going to have to make that a regular segment, "I finally pulled over, episode. . . . "
I had pulled over at this one before, but this time someone was home and I was able to get some close ups.

Located in southern Lincoln County, the property owner believes it to be late 1700's. Well at least the log part.

I have watched this one for lots of years, gradually losing siding as the years go by. The roof is maintained which keeps the logs in fairly good shape.

This is the first view you get if you are coming from the east.
At one time a small simple farm house.













As can be seen from this closer view, only the lower portion of the north section is log.
The upper story of the north section and the whole southern room is framed.
But framed a very long time ago.









This photo kind of shows the stages of construction.
First log. Some of it has wood between the logs (probably the older method) and part has stone (probably added when it was re-chinked)
Original chinking would have been mud, but it has been redone with cement. Probably around the time it was whitewashed.
After the whitewashing, the siding.





A little closer look.












Even clearer on the eastern wall.
Log, with stone between the logs.
Whitewash on the logs.
Wood to attach siding and plaster (interior).
And above and left, the framed rooms.
















On the northern end, the fireplace was removed when a stove was added. The whole filled in with a window added.


















Stairs in a closet lead upstairs.
Plaster and wood.
Painted stairs.


















Upstairs, like the whole interior is simple and plain with little ornamentation.

This is the only part of the upstairs I could get to because the floor was no good over the other rooms.









Simple banisters and wood work.

Plaster walls, wood floor and ceiling.













Upstairs was this one beautiful old trunk. Beyond saving now I'm afraid.














Wainscoting on ceiling and walls on the lower level.

You can just see, right middle, part of the stair way closet.











This stairway latch was the most ornate feature in the house.



















North-east view.















The owner suggests that several other log building stood on the property, one of which he described as a 'fort'.

His math place this building being built in the late 1700's and that a cemetery that once stood nearby had several graves dating to the 1700's.


I think the owner would be willing to part with this one if he felt someone would rebuild the log structure.



I did get out to the cabin afterwards.