The Buchanan Grounds
Log buildings are a unique window into the past that holds an allure for all of us -- maybe because they speak to us of a simpler time and close family, The Buchanan Complex consists of four buildings, all 1800s log construction and standing on a Revolutionary War veteran's land grant property:
the main Buchanan log house and gazebo,
the Addison log house,
the History Center and stage, and
Visual evidence tells us that the Buchanan log house was constructed of high craftsmanship and materials for its time. View photo journal
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(Left) Buchanan Log House, First Floor
Visual evidence tells us that the Buchanan log house was constructed of high craftsmanship and materials for its time. Lack of carpenter tools in the property inventory after the house was built also suggests construction was performed by a trained carpenter and crew. Costly features such as the large stone chimneys, the two-story height, and multiple windows on an early house indicate an owner of above average means. [ Architectural History, PDF ]
The two-room first floor has a 10-foot ceiling with exposed beaded poplar floor joists.
A "ladder" stairway led to the upstairs room, often referred to as "Lucinda's room", which still features the original fireplace with an unusual arched limestone lintel marked by an incised keystone, Even with this new section the total floor space is only about 1,430 square feet -- and there would be eight more little Buchanans!
(Below) The History Center.
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