Power – Jackson Cabin

I am hot-wired to look for good places to paint. My daughter and son-in-law recently bought a house near the old square in Roswell. When going over to visit, I drive on Post Oak Tritt Road. It’s a nice shortcut that avoids a lot of stop signs and traffic. About halfway between Johnson’s Ferry and Coleman Rd., there is a switch back, and this small house is nestled off the road. Across the street is what may have been the original pasture property with a feeding station for livestock. There is also a well out front and a historical marker that says:

Power-Jackson Cabin, c. 1830

This cabin is one of the rare examples of a single-pen (one-room) log house remaining in Cobb County. Although a framed addition was added later, the original hand-hewn, squared-and-notched log construction is still visible. William Power originally acquired the house in trade for a shotgun. His daughter, Martha Jane, and her husband, Jeptha C. Jackson, moved in shortly after their marriage in the late 1840s. After her husband died in 1888, Mrs. Jackson continued to run their farm. She died in 1924 at age 96. When her estate was settled in 1926, approximately 105 acres of land around the site of this marker were sold for $1,800.00.

This Sunday, I drove over, parked right out front, and set up for this 9 x 12″. The nice thing about this site is that it’s untouched and has not been cleaned up or restored yet. The building’s front end is single-pen, but at some point, someone added a structure on the rear. The notched log joinery is evident, but the chinking between the logs is long gone. 1830 is very early (Andrew Jackson’s era, so this dates back to the beginning of homesteads in this area after the Indian Removal Act that forced the Cherokee tribes out of this section of Georgia.

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