STANFORD, Ky. - Demolition of a condemned home in Lincoln County led to an unusual and possibly historic discovery.
Photo: WKYT/Phil Pendleton
Crews were attempting to tear down a home that had been abandoned on KY 78 in Stanford when demolition crews felt some resistance.
They soon discovered that a log cabin was inside the home they were tearing down.
Now archaeologists want to know how old the home is, and if it could be linked to one of the state’s original settlements.
The cabin is close to Logan's Fort, where Stanford began and is actually one of Kentucky’s oldest settlements. An effort to build a replica of that fort is ongoing.
The architect behind the fort's reconstruction, Garlan Vanhook says, “Obviously, the initial thoughts were ‘Have we discovered an original cabin? Or one that would have been timely with Stanford’s growth away from the [Logan’s Fort] location proper?’”
Strangely, it’s possible the people that lived here never knew they were inside a log cabin. The inside of the cabin had modern furnishings and its outside was covered with siding.
University of Kentucky archaeologists were called and they believe it was built around the middle of the 19th century.
“Anywhere between the early 1800's to mid 1800's, based on some of the nails that I have seen here and brick used in the building,” says Dr. Jay Stottman, with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey.
They say it is rare for small, common homes like this to survive 150 to 200 years.
“You don’t get those preserved very often. You see the high style mansions of the rich people, but you don’t see these homes last this long.”
Officials say they would like to get an architectural historian to study the building, and develop additional information about what the building was used for.