“An atypical log cabin in the Carolina upcountry.”
City Directories and History: The historic buildings survey team, recording historic houses in Newberry County, suggested this house was constructed in ca. 1805-10. Though the preservation group that has studied the structure can’t agree on every point, they do now agree that the cabin has not been moved and that is is totally intact. Noteworthy, the stairs remain in their original position, the beaded clapboard is original, and approximately 80% of the nails used in the structure are handmade.
Attributed to John Kibler, (died 1829) who is buried across from the cabin, see his land plat below. “This cabin is one of, if not, the area’s oldest remaining cabins.” (State Preservation Report – 1983)
It appears likely that the new owners remodeled the house in ca. 1830, adding the extensive use of the pineapple wallpaper.
In early 2016, Roots and Recall’s founders: Wade B. Fairey, Sr., and Rusty Robinson, were asked by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation via Mike Bedenbaugh’s invitation, to review the architectural & construction elements of the cabin. Numbers of local historians had long known of this cabin but until recently, had limited access. The visit ended in R&R’s helping uncover an amazing 18th century dwelling. The cabin, one of the earliest from the upcountry S.C. region, represents a piece of architecture showcasing the evolution of Carolina’s architectural heritage. Of the thousands of structures studied, this dwelling is one of the most remarkable. It’s evolution and complete historic breakdown is underway by a number of professionals and a full written report will be posted upon completion.
As of now, all we can definitely state, is that the cabin began as a unusual combination of timber frame construction and log additions to the second floor and around what was once a massive stone chimney. At some later date, it was extended and heavily updated to resemble a more “finished” dwelling. It is easily to speculate on the history of the dwelling but until paint and nail analysis is completed, there is little additional data to share. But enjoy seeing the images associated with this cabin. The craftsmanship displayed by the artisans is extremely good work and the historical details are quite extraordinary.
The From the Porch blog posts on the Kibler Cabin have been extremely well received by R&R’s users. You can see each by visiting the R&R home page and accessing the blog posts. Also see R&R’s video series at: From the Heart Video
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