Monday, May 14, 2012

1825 Log House

This past weekend I visited an antique store in Havre de Grace, MD, where I found for sale numerous Deep South Cards from Brookhaven.

Here are two of them -- this old log home was relocated at least twice in its lifetime -- first, to the Andrew G. Smith's backyard, and next, to a grassy area opposite the old City Hall (now the Chamber of Commerce Building) in Downtown Brookhaven. 

The two cards from the 1950s or 1960s state, "Owned by the Andrew G. Smith family -- located at rear of their residence, 430 Storm Avenue.  Originally built in 1825 -- moved to present location (430 Storm Avenue) in 1955 -- is an excellent example of early pioneer construction.  Open to public by appointment."

Some of us might remember bobbing for apples on Halloween at this old cabin, which Mrs. Smith opened up for the trick-or-treaters to enjoy.  I do believe she might have used that copper pot in the bottom photo for the apple bobbing. 

Photo credit: Gilbert Ford.

UPDATE: I found the answer to where and who built this cabin -- from the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce website:

"The Foster-Smith Log Cabin – located across from the Chamber of Commerce in Railroad Park.  This charming log cabin was built in 1825 by John Foster on an old post road in Copiah County.  Its hand-hewn logs and simple furnishings exemplify the pioneer spirit.  In 1997 it was moved to its public location in downtown Brookhaven Railroad Park.  Contact the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 978, Brookhaven, MS 39602 - 601-833-1411 or 1-800-613-4667."

1 comment:

  1. I was born in 1949, and I very much do remember the log house, both from Halloween visits and from a school trip.