Log Cabin School

Tier 1
 

Rebuilding the 19th century Farm at Montpelier

Join Montpelier's craftsmen in hewing logs to recreate one of the early 19th century slave quarters that was part of the farm complex during the early 19th century. Participants will spend a week learning wood working and joinery techniques that were used in Madison's era.  Based on information derived from archaeological excavations, we will be recreating the cabin that was lived in by Granny Millie (described in Lafayette's visit in 1825).   In 2014, we reconstructed Granny Milly's log cabin home adjacent to the mansion grounds. following link for more information on that reconstruction.  We have two program dates:

 

Session #1--January 25-30, 2015--introduction to log cabin construction--hewing and notching

Session #2--February 15-21, 2015--advanced techniques in log cabin construction--log and stick chimney construction, rafters, and joists, windows and doors.

While participating in the program, you will stay in the antebellum plantation house, “Arlington House,” or for those wanting private rooms, there are other housing options at Montpelier and at local B&Bs.

For more information about how to participate in this program, please contact Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, at dig@montpelier.org or (540) 672-2728 x 160.

 

 

For more information, please click on the following link for our program packet:

Download program information packet.

Craig Jacobs working on timber frame structures in the South Yard at Montpelier.

 

Plans for log cabin structure to be built in 2014 program. Drawing by Willie Graham.