Historic Log Cabin Uncovered in North Georgia

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Video: Log Cabin Found in Rome, Georgia

  • (Courtesy Schroeder Vision for the Cave Spring Historical Society)
  • (Courtesy Cave Spring Historical Society)
  • (Courtesy Schroeder Vision for the Cave Spring Historical Society)
    

CAVE SPRING, Ga. -- A not-so-urban legend has been confirmed in the small town of Cave Spring, outside Rome.

"It had been a legend in town for a long, long, long time that there was a log cabin hidden somewhere in this hotel -- that the hotel had built around it," said Peggy Allgood, president of the Cave Spring Historical Society. "Some people said it was only a foundation. Others said they'd seen a wall, but we never could find it."

That changed Tuesday with the discovery of an unusual two-story log cabin, hidden beneath the walls of the former Green Hotel. The hotel structure, which was last used as a nursery, is believed to date back to the mid-19th century. The cabin is even older.

Cabin restoration expert Kerry Hix says the cabin appears to have been built by Cherokee Indians in the 1830's or earlier. He adds that two-story cabins are rare, and this one is in good condition.

"We had no idea it was as big as it was or as special as was," said Dianna Edwards, who serves on the historical society's preservation committee. They had initially been trying to preserve the hotel when some shingles fell off, revealing a peek at the log cabin below.

The second story was a complete surprise.

As Clint Maynard and Paul Davis Restoration workers began peeling back the outer layers using a process called skinning, Allgood said, "There was more, then there was more, and there was more."

"To stand there and know it's close to 200 years old, and it is in good shape and there were people here 200 years ago who built it - I just get cold chills thinking about it," Allgood said. "We're the only town in the state of Georgia that has an original log cabin downtown - well, before Cave Spring was a downtown."

"The town was established in 1832, and it was all Cherokee before that," Edwards said.

The historical society hopes to preserve the old cabin through donations and grants.

"Our mission is to save as many historical properties as we can and educate people about the importance of history," Allgood said. "We've got to know where we've come from to know where we're going."

"We don't even know what we will find next," she added.

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