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Historic Cabin Uncovered During Demolition

Posted at 5:58 PM, Apr 17, 2019

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– The discovery of a log cabin in Lincoln County has many excited about what it could teach about the history of the community.

A construction crew was working what they thought was a normal demolition job on an abandoned house in bad shape on Hustonville Street in Stanford. All of it was supposed to be destroyed, until they found a log cabin in it.

“It was hiding inside of a house for so many years and nobody knew about it,” said archaeologist Dr. Jay Stottman.

City leaders were left with many questions about the cabin. How old is it? Who lived there?

On Wednesday, two archaeologists had a close up look at the structure to take the first step towards getting those questions answered.

More work will have to be done to determine the exact age of the building, but historian Jane Vanhook said that she is proud to see so many people interested in it.

“It’s just been a great thing for our town because we’re just full of history, and it gets people more excited about what our history is about,” said Vanhook.

The next step will be to hear from the property owners about what they’d like to do with the historic structure.