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Log cabin workshop will help with restoration of Frazer Log Cabin

In this 2013 file photo, Ron Eberle, left, watches as Joe Gallagher shores up a wall of a log cabin in order to replace a deteriorated sill log in the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 21, 2017 9:25 am Updated: Apr. 21, 2017 9:27 am

QUINCY -- A workshop next week sponsored by Friends of the Log Cabins will serve two purposes. It will teach participants how to repair and restore log cabins, and it will help move forward with the disassembly of the Frazer Log Cabin to start the restoration of that structure.

Friends of the Log Cabins is sponsoring cabin expert and instructor Joe Gallagher to teach the weeklong repair and restoration workshop at the Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island.

For a donation of $250 to Friends of the Log Cabins, participants will spend the week learning about decay and deterioration causes, hewing, making notches and installing logs, appropriate finishes and coatings for logs, daubing do's and don'ts, maintenance techniques, and proper foundations and roofs for log cabins. Registration deadline is Friday.

The workshop starts at noon Monday and ends at noon April 28.

John Gebhardt, Friends of the Log Cabins president, said having the cabin disassembled during the workshop is a win-win for the organization, as it gets work moving forward on the cabin, whose south wall recently failed.

"Ideally, we will be working on putting the foundation together this year and maybe even finishing it up early next year and rebuilding the cabin," Gebhardt said. "The biggie is we're going to need to raise the money to hire another person to come in and put up the walls like we did with (the Clat Adams Log Cabin)."

The 1828 Fraser Log Cabin was built as a stagecoach stop along the original road between Quincy and Ursa. It was outfitted as a pioneer schoolhouse when it was moved to Quinsippi Island in the late 1960s.

This year, Friends of the Log Cabins also plans to replace the roof of the log corn cribs with money it received as part of an insurance settlement from the 2015 windstorm.

For additional information, contact Friends of the Log Cabins at P.O. Box 3122, Quincy, IL 62305 or by email at logcabinvillagequincyil@gmail.com.

The group's website is logcabinvillagequincyil.com. The group may also be reached on Facebook at facebook.com/FriendsOfTheLogCabinVillageQuincyIl.

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