Log Cabin Workshop
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. This structure will be 12ftx14ft and feature a clay floor, log chimney and is based on a site we found through archaeological excavations. 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 Madison's field slaves. 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.
In the event of inclement weather, we do have the facilities to hold this course in doors. During the first program we ran, we switched back and forth between outdoor venues and our new large maintenance building.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 672-2728 x 160.
For more information, please click on the following link for our program packet: