Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on July 30, 1972 · Page 98
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 98

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 30, 1972
Page 98
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· f* Built to Last Photo Essay by Frrrell Friend When you read that a pioneer "hewed out a home in the wilderness," this is what the writer is talking about. Painstakingly built in the days when * man was wise to keep his flintlock handy in western Virginia, this old log cabin originally was the home of a Carter family near what is now Alexander, Upshur County. Although the Carters had broken their ties on the seaboard and pushed back into the wilderness, they were not nomads. They came to stay and with the most f u n d a m e n t a l o f t o o l s , b u i l t f o r permanence. The logs of their cabin were squared and dovetailed with time and care. In a time and place where iron was a rich man's luxury, they were fastened together with wooden pins. Now, in an age when the marks of our forefathers are being obliterated rapidly, it would be distressing to report that the old Carter cabin also is passing from the scene. Fortunately, it is not. It has been bought by Mr. and Mrs. Merl Simons, 112 Camden Ave., Buckhannon, and is being carefully dismantled. It will be reassembled on their p r o p e r t y in Buckhannon and become a showplace for antiques. Explains Mrs. Simmons: "I was born in a log house and have a natural love for them." Don't we all? S'tA TE MA GAZINE, July 30,1972 CHARLESTON, W.VA. J9m

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