Allen Log Cabin
West Virginia State Farm Museum
The Allen Log Cabin is a two-story log house built around 1830 by Mr. John Allen and his son William. It was originally located near Procter, WV. It was last occupied in the late 1970ís.
The cabin was donated by Mr. & Mrs. Lane C. Evans. After being properly marked and disassembled on its original site in Procter, WV, it was transported to the West Virginia State Farm Museum and reassembled in the late 1980ís, using the markers previously made. Considerable effort was expended to have the structure retain, as much as possible, its original materials and appearance. The basic structure with a temporary roof (but without chinking between the logs) was completed in 1989.
The completion of the rest of the log structure was undertaken in the summer of 1994. The temporary roof was replaced with historically correct cedar shakes. It was then necessary to finish the log part of the structure and to chink the logs inside and out. Since the building was to be used from early spring to late fall, a working stone fireplace and chimney (as was present in the original structure) was added. One of the few changes made to the original design was the addition of handicapped accessible ramps.
The museum had previously obtained, through donations, two huge handlooms and a large spinning wheel dating from the first half of the I9th century. These rare and historically important pieces are presently housed in the log house.
The wooden furniture on the front porch was handmade by Roy Balser. Mr. & Mrs. Balser donated it to the Farm Museum in memory of their son James William.
Pictures and information were provided by West Virginia State Farm Museum
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