Log cabin village needs lifeline as deadline looms

The log cabin village on Quinsippi Island

The log cabin village on Quinsippi Island has been around since the late 1960s, but it may begin to disappear in the coming years, if support continues to dwindle.

These days a few volunteers like Art O'Quinn with the Friends of the Log Cabins Association are doing the work of many at the historic log cabin village on Quinsippi Island.

Click here to learn more about how the log cabin village began.

"If we don't preserve things like this cabin village, it will be gone and it will be gone forever," O'Quinn said.

The well-known log cabin village was created back in the late 60s when these structures were donated from various area farmers. But over the year's it was left unattended and forgotten. That is until 2007, when the Friends of the Log Cabins stepped in to prevent the loss of the landmark.

Over the years those volunteers have worked to rehab and restore the cabins to their original glory. But in the background, volunteers like John Gebhardt face a Quincy Park Board deadline.

"They gave us until 2015 to make significant progress and if not they will reevaluate whether they want to disassemble the village and this will be no more," Gebhardt said.

A pile of rocks and a vacant lot is one of the reasons why the Friends of the Log Cabins Association needs your help. It used to be the site of the Clat Adams Cabin. However, years of inattention caused it to deteriorate. Recently volunteers took it down. Workers preserved the logs and stored them in the old Sky Ride building on the other side of the Marina on Quinsippi Island.

The hope is to raise enough money to re-build the Clat Adams Cabin in the spring of 2014. However, that takes time, volunteers and money.

The organization hopes to raise awareness and educate families during its 5th annual Frontier Settlement Day Saturday at the Cabin village.

"It's like anything in your backyard," Gebhardt said. "Sometimes you tend to forget about it and you always assume it will be there. In this case, these cabins need to be maintained yearly so they can be kept for future generations."

The hope is these cabins will spark the interest of today's parents and children - who will eventually take the trowels to preserve these cabins for the future.

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The first annual "Walk for the Log Cabins" to raise money for the village will be Saturday, September 14 at the Log Cabin Village. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

That event is in conjunction with the 5th annual Frontier Settlement Day, also slated for Saturday. That event features a free open house, re-enactments and children's games. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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