Historic stone house cleared of debris

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]
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AUGUSTA — Property surrounding an historic stone house along Kentucky 8 in Bracken County was recently cleared and can now be seen by those passing by on the roadway.

According to Bracken County Historical Society President Carol Boney, a group of volunteers gathered at the house to clean off weeds, briers and limbs to make the building accessible.

“A small group of dedicated BCHS members and friends performed a momentous task in the last two weeks when they worked long hours to clear weeds, briers, and limbs on this acre of land adjacent to Chalfant Creek which drains into the Ohio River,” she said.

Boney also said the society recently replaced the roof of the house with shingles and reinforced the cracks with mortar.

“The windows are very special “Sunshine Windows” which were constructed to allow more sunlight to flow into the interior rooms,” Boney said.

Boney said the house is listed on the National Historical Registry and has a plaque on the front signifying such.

The house, which sits about 4 miles west of Augusta, is believed to have been built in the 1800s, according to Boney.

“It’s the site of a former log cabin, possibly erected as early as the 1770s when John Hedges and Thomas Young were recorded in Allan Eckert’s book that they had built an improver’s cabin on Chalfant Creek,” she said.

Boney said the house is one of the most unique stone houses still remaining in Bracken County.

“Although there are several stone houses remaining in this county, this one is available for studying stone construction techniques and materials used over 200 years ago,” she said. “Interpretative panels will be placed inside at a future date explaining the procedures in construction and later renovation techniques.”

Those who assisted in the cleanup of the house included the BCHS members, Ronald Monson, Jan Fatka, Al Bauer and Gary Hicks, according to Boney.

Anyone who would like to make a donation for the preservation of the site can mail a check to: Bracken County Historical Society, PO Box 307, Brooksville, KY 41004.

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Christy Howell-Hoots

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