Monday, June 17, 2024
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Pickett Step Closer To Restoring Historic 1800s Cabin To House Museum

The Pickett County Chamber of Commerce working on a three-pronged project to restore a historic cabin to house a museum.

Pickett County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Robbins said the land was donated to the county with the promise of building a Welcome Center, restoring the cabin and make a living-history village on the property. The county has completed the Welcome Center. Robbins said it has taken the county 14 years to get to the second stage of the project.

“You got to realize, this log cabin was built in 1831,” Robbins said. “So, the logs that went into it, which is right here around where it was built, it’s on its original site. The logs had to start growing in the 1770s to build this cabin.”

Robbins said the chamber has used several grants to fund the project. He said the chamber is still applying for grants to hopefully get phase three funded.

Robbins said focusing the museum on representing the early 1800s also lays the ground for the eventual third prong of the project. Robbins said the process has been slow, but slow and steady wins the race.

“Well restoring the cabin, COVID come into play on it,” Robbins said. “The owner’s health had a play into it. So, yeah it has been a little slow.”

Robbins said he is not ready to reveal the pieces the county has collected to go in the museum.

“I can’t tell you right now,” Robbins said. “We’ve got some stuff. It’s going to be dedicated toward an era. The 1820s, 1830s, early 1800s life that is what we are dedicating it toward.”

Robbins said he hopes to have the cabin restored and the museum open before 2025.