I love history. I have the good fortune to live in the house of my dreams, one that has a log cabin as it’s interior. When my husband and I bought our house, we knew nothing about the history it held. If we had really looked, we would have noticed the tall windows in the front. Or the big hole in the corner of our library that was patched up. We would have wondered about the chimney in the middle of the roof- why wasn’t there a fireplace under it? It took the previous owners, the Hyde’s, to tell us about the day they found the log cabin.
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The Hyde’s raised 4 kids in our house, building additions to the house as years flew by and their children grew. One night, the boys decided to shoot the BB gun inside their parent’s bedroom. After suitable punishments, the plaster guy came to fix the holes. In just a few minutes, he discovered it. A log cabin. Two rooms downstairs, two upstairs. The Hyde kids all lived upstairs in 2 “shotgun” rooms. The parents lived in what became our library. The dining room was the other room of the log cabin. The hole where the fireplace was now houses our antique sideboard. Mrs. Hyde tried to have a wall or two exposed, but it just wasn’t feasible. There had been too many changes to the interior of the log cabin. So, suffice it to say, I love a log cabin.
Being a founding member of the Town & Country Historical Society, I take great interest in this project. The historical society was founded by Mariann Hoffman, Alderman Skip Mange and the late Jamie Cannon, my dear friend. We have an office in the Longview house and have been collecting historical documents, photos, interviews with current and former residents, and lots of memorabilia. Now, we have an urgent mission. To save a log cabin on Conway Road. And we need your help.
The house is scheduled to be torn down in mid-December. The new owners and builder have been very accommodating, and would like to salvage the log cabin if possible. A resolution was passed at an Aldermanic meeting earlier in the week, allowing the historical society to go forward and solicit funds. It will take $12,000 to disassemble the cabin and move it to Drace Park. It will be stored there as we apply for grants and fundraise to rebuild the cabin. Drace Park already has 2 log cabins, relocated from various locations. It’s a picture-perfect setting with wildflower gardens created and maintained by Town & Country Garden Club.
The cabin is in great shape. The logs are firm with no evidence of termite damage or rotting. If the funds are raised, a specialist will oversee the process of dismantling the logs. The logs will be numbered, insuring that they are rebuilt correctly. Great care will be taken as the logs head down Conway Road to Drace Park. They will be stored until we have the funds to rebuild the cabin. We will apply for grants and continue to fundraise to make the construction a reality.
So, it all comes down to money. The foundation needs $12,000 to save the log cabin. We realize that these are tough economic times. Many people are out of work; others are just barely scraping by. The thought of donating hard-earned money to save a log cabin might seem ludicrous. I totally understand that. But, if history tugs at your heart, and you’d like to help save a piece of it from ending up in a landfill, we’d sure appreciate your donation. No donation is too small. If the funds to save the cabin don’t reach the $12,000 mark by mid-December, your check will be returned.
If you would like to donate to save a piece of Town & Country history, please send a check to:
The City of Town & Country
13525 Clayton Road
Town & Country, Mo 63131
Attn: Log Cabin Fund
I’ll keep you updated as to the progress of the project. Hopefully, mid-December I can post photos of the logs on their way to Drace Park.