In the late 18th century, when settlers began to populate Western North Carolina, among other places, log cabins were built from hand hewn local pitch pine and cedar logs. Beneath the structure, settlers would dig a root cellar where they stored fall crops like potatoes; and yes, moonshine, a valuable commodity.
When you look at Posey Brown’s cabin, which I first called the Stage Coach Cabin because there was a barn on the property and horses and mules were housed for long range wagons moving west, you might miss the main cabin, which one archeologist dated from between 1790-1820. In the early 1930’s a new owner built an addition housing a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. First a bedroom and later the kitchen, the cellar entrance was hidden by a closet door. Basically, unused for 75 years.
This was a last cabin project for me to complete the restoration–a wine cellar. The following photo album shows the process aided by grandsons and friends. Fun for all. And what will I store in the cellar? None of your business. LOL. Thanks to all.