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Robert Ervin works on building a walkway for the Joe Eddins House near Huntsville.
AP photo by Dave Dieter
Robert Ervin works on building a walkway for the Joe Eddins House near Huntsville.

Log house gets new life at Burritt

HUNTSVILLE (AP) — A possibly 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 log cabin, discovered several years ago in a farm field south of Ardmore near Little Limestone Creek, was acquired by Burrit, which raised $180,000 for the restoration.

Taken apart and rebuilt piece by piece and log by log, the Joel Eddins House is described by Burrit officials as a two-story, twin-chimney “hall and parlor” style log cabin dating 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 log home will be open for viewing Sunday at the museum from noon until 5 p.m.

Joel Eddins, a native of Abbeville, S.C., reportedly built the cabin after buying the land in 1810.

“It would not be a surprise for it to be a late 18th-century rather than a 19th-century home,” said Vic Hood, president of Leatherwood Inc. of Franklin, Tenn.

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