The earliest document tracing this home’s history is a tax assessment dated 1930. And yet local lore recalls plenty of Prohibition-era activity taking place here in the years before. No matter the log cabin’s true age, when the Rowland family purchased it in 2011, the home needed more work than they’d ever imagined.
Although a majority of the flooring and exterior logs had to be replaced, Emily Rowland says the family kept what they could. “The floors in the living room, dining room, and two of the bedrooms are original,” she recalls, “plus the stone fireplace and the big log wall that runs the length of the home.” Some of the removed logs were repurposed and incorporated into the kitchen ceiling. For the pine walls and the rustic beams, new wood was brought in from the family’s sawmill.