Tourism looks for home for historic cabin

by Jackson Latta

PRESTONSBURG – After nearly a year worth of efforts, Prestonsburg Tourism officials are narrowing down possible locations for the city’s historic log cabin.

The log cabin, which was discovered under a facade of a newer home, is looking for a new location to be displayed as one of the city’s unique historic finds.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Prestonsburg Tourism Commission several new sites for the log cabin were discussed including, a spot in a parking lot on Front Street, and Middlecreek Battlefield.

Commissioners didn’t seem particularly happy with either choice, noting a higher potential for vandalism at the battlefield site, and a lack of visibility in the Front Street parking lot. “Its going to be hidden in the back side of town where no one is going to see it,” said Julian Slone.

Jim Ousley was warm to the Middlecreek location for its visibility saying, “If you see an old cabin sitting on a battlefield as you drive into Prestonsburg you’re going to stop.”

A third option at Jenny Wiley State Park was ruled out as something that would drag on indefinitely due to permitting and having to navigate between state and local agencies.

Clifford Latta asked about property both beside and across from city hall, and about a potential to re-purpose the cities fountain site on North Lake Drive.

Fred James stated that owners of both pieces of property had been contacted before about various projects and had not been receptive. James stated he would inquire about the possibility of locating the cabin on the property.

Misha Curnutte said that the fountain is a special feature in the city , and that a lot of photographers use it as a backdrop.

Jim Ousley asked about the condition of the cabin. James said that both he and Ronnie Rice inspected the cabin. “They’re (the logs) not rotting out. If you want to go check yourself, you should,” said James.

James added that Ronnie would not be available to begin work moving the cabin until at least November 1.

Some of the commissioners said that they would look at the cabin in person on Friday, and then re-examine the potential for other locations.

Following the meeting, Ousley stated that he would also look into locations in the Trimble Branch park, as well as the area around the flood control on North Arnold Avenue.

All commissioners were present during Tuesday’s meeting.

by Jackson Latta

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

Reach Jackson Latta at (606) 886-8506

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