Couple discovers a secret 100-year-old cabin while renovating their home
Renovating a house is guaranteed to be a long and arduous process whatever happens. Stripping back wallpaper, dismantling walls and repainting everything are all annoying jobs in their own right. However, one of the most time consuming parts of renovating any space, is going through all of your old stuff and sorting it out. While for most of us, that's going through bits of our history like clothing, old love letters and teddy bears, one couple got a bit more than they were expecting when it came to stripping back their house.
Kevin Kemp and Jennifer Alexander were renovating their new home in Dublin, Ohio, when they were stunned to find a perfectly-preserved 19th century log cabin hidden behind one of the walls in the house.
The couple say that they were planning to build a new property on the grounds of the house when they found the incredible secret. Kemp said that he and his friend Larry Daniels were removing some of the panelling from a wall when they uncovered the large log cabin inside.
"We pulled off one of the pieces of paneling and I said, ‘Larry, that’s a log,’” Kemp told the Columbus Dispatch.
"We pulled off another and I said, ‘My god, this is a log cabin.’
It took me a minute to process it.
You're not ready to see a log cabin inside a modern home and it looks like, just over time, it was forgotten."
The president of the Dublin Historical Society, Tom Holton, told the press that the perfectly preserved 25-by-30-foot cabin was likely to have been built between 1820 and 1840.
Log cabins have been a part of the US since the early 1600s, and have become a symbol of Americana. It is believed seven former US Presidents were born in log cabins, with the most famous being Abraham Lincoln, as well as Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan.
Since finding the log cabin, Kemp and Alexander have decided to stop their planned renovation of the building and have contacted city officials to preserve the cabin. Kemp told Fox News that the city of Dublin hasn't compensated them for the cabin, but they are going to donate it to the city, which Kemp said, "would help offset some of the construction costs."
The city was able to salvage the log cabin in good condition and Assistant City Manager Michelle Crandall said that it has now been dismantled and the city will be looking to rebuild it elsewhere.
Holton described the cabin, which is larger than most of its kind, as a "once-in-a-lifetime" find.
“It was startling and was just kind of wonderment to see history just peeled away, to see history revealed right before your eyes,” he said.
It has to be said, that's a pretty amazing find. I thought it was pretty cool when I discovered my old ukulele under my bed the other day, but I think that a 19th century log cabin probably edges it.