Anyone interested in log cabin construction should make haste to New Castle, Kentucky, in the next several days. One of the town’s three surviving early cabins has recently been stripped of its weatherboarding in preparation for various repairs before it is covered again. While the exterior of the logs is exposed to view, a rare if not unique construction technique can be seen. The cabin, said to date from the late 18th century, appears to have been constructed at two times. The portion to the north or left in the photograph, appears to have been constructed first. All its corners have traditionally notched logs. The portion to the south or right appears to be a later addition. The remarkable thing is the vertically placed log which was attached to the chimney end of the older section. The logs of the addition are mortised into this vertical log and pinned. The same technique was used on the rear of the building as well. The south corners of the newer section are notched in the traditional manner. Seeing is believing and you won’t be able to see it very long because it will soon be covered in new poplar siding milled in Henry County.
While in New Caste, look around. The commercial district has just been added to the National Register of Historic Places.