Couple Discovers 19th-Century Log Cabin Being Paneling Of Home

A couple stumbled upon a beautiful property and decided to take a chance on it. Even though the house was quite a fixer upper, the land was worth it, so they made the purchase.

They were considering what to do with the run-down house on their new land, and finally agreed to tear it down and have a new modern home built. When they saw what was hiding behind the paneling, however, they were shocked.

Kevin Kemp and Jennifer Alexander were about to demolish an old, run-down house on their new property in Dublin, Ohio so they could build a brand-new home from scratch. A friend asked the couple if he could take the wall paneling because he thought he could use it in his own home.

It was 1970's style wood paneling that lined the walls of one of the inner rooms.

Mr. Kemp told his friend to go ahead and salvage whatever he could, since it was all going to be knocked down anyway. When they ripped a piece of paneling off the wall, however, they were stunned by what they found: a log cabin.

"We pulled off one of the pieces of paneling and I said, 'Larry, that's a log,'" said Kemp. "We pulled off another and I said, 'My god, this is a log cabin.'"

"It took me a minute to process it," Kemp told Fox News. "You're not ready to see a log cabin inside a modern home and it looks like, just over time, it was forgotten."

Historians looked into it and report that there is a 25-by-30-foot cabin from the early 1800's preserved within the walls of the more modern building. It looks like families began adding on to the old homestead, building around it, covering the original walls, and eventually they forgot what was under there.

Kemp and Alexander put a pause on the renovation efforts, not wanting to damage the historic find. They've decided to donate the artifact to the city. It's going to be carefully dismantled and rebuilt somewhere else so that history buffs can enjoy it.

Settlers began building log cabins in the U.S. as early as the 1600s. One of the oldest ones is believed to be near the Delaware River valley.

The log cabin has become something of a symbol for America's early history. Families with a dream would plop down, claiming some land, and build their own dream home with the resources around them.

They’d use cut logs and fit them together. They would wedge stones and silt in the spaces between the logs to plug them up and weather-proof them.

Presidents, such as Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan were born in log cabins. How much more American can you get?

Dublin Historical Holton president Tom Holton is excited about the discovery. He says it's a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity.

"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.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: YouTube, Dr. Kevin Kemp/Facebook

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