Summer of Content

“PopPop, I think it’s time to take a break”, Evan commanded as he observed my exhaustion after five weeks of shared work on the new barn at Posey Brown’s Cabin.

Each summer for the past four years my godson Evan has come for a visit to work on a project with me at the cabin. We have been working buddies since he was 7 years old. I have known him since he was born and watched him grow into a fine young man. Of course it was not all hard work, there was learning to use a chainsaw, driving a stick shift truck, playing with Zulu, and serious discussions about values and ethics in this particular time in our history–he has high career goals. At 15 he sings in the Keystone Boys Choir and last summer toured through Europe. We have a lot to talk about, and he has no qualms in giving me a hard time–nor do I with him.

The video I am posting is about 5 minutes, too long really, but it covers the entire process of building a barn in the style of the cabin. Historically, it would have been across the road and housed horses and mules for coach transfer in the 1800s, but for now it will house a 1909 doctor’s buggy and a metal chicken and resin horse head–I like them.

There are a number of people who helped on this project for whom I am grateful: First and foremost, Vickie Corbitt (my lovely wife) Lawrence Crutchfield, Mark Moore, Aaron Fister, Mr. Fister, Dr. Vivian Nix-Early, Greg Calton and his roofing crew, and Johnny and Cameron Crotts, and all the neighbors who stopped by to give encouragement. And even the Rutherford County inspectors who offered good advice and final approval of the structure.

It has been a summer of content.

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