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Log cabin to be reassembled at park

POSTED: July 28, 2014 1:23 a.m.
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Parts of t he log cabin home are loaded on a truck bound for storage.

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The log cabin home of Revolutionary War veteran Col. James Roberts might soon be resurrected to its former glory.

The home, dating from at least the 1840s, was carefully dismantled a few years ago, the logs and chimney stones and other parts stored in the trailer of an 18-wheeler.

Now, the Hall County Historical Society is hoping to give the home a new life and purpose.

The goal is to raise money to rebuild the home at Cherokee Bluffs Park in South Hall.

On Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners gave its approval to the idea.

“The commission has felt that this park should represent and reflect the achievements of the early pioneers in Hall County and Col. Roberts’ home will be a valuable asset in helping to appreciate the long road taken by so many to bring Hall County to where it is today,” Commissioner Craig Lutz told The Times in an email. “Understanding your history not only allows you to appreciate the present, it also helps to define the future.”

Located along Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch near Sterling on the Lake, the 100-acre Cherokee Bluffs Park is planned to include a 2,500-square-foot community building, pavilion, concession stand and outdoor amphitheater.

County officials said the park is likely to open by January.

Douglas Smith, chairman of the board and general counsel for the historical society, said Cherokee Bluffs is a good location for the home because of its proximity to the home’s original location — Roberts Crossroads.

Roberts Crossroads was at the intersection of Hog Mountain Road, Friendship Road, Mount Salem Road, Ga. 13 and the old Atlanta Highway. The intersection now includes just Hog Mountain, Friendship and Bennett roads.

Roberts’ home survived the Civil War and became a landmark in Hall.

But when developers eyed the land, the home faced a grisly fate — destruction.

However, Hall residents stepped in at the last minute to save the home.

And Smith, 77, has a special admiration for the home.

Roberts is an ancestor, and Smith’s great-grandfather was born there.

But plans to rebuild the home come with a lot of unknowns.

“We really don’t know what we got until we start putting it together,” Smith said, adding the cost of the project and the timeline for completing the rebuilding remain to be determined.

Smith, jokingly, said he just hopes to get the home raised “during my lifetime.”

Hall County Parks and Leisure Director Mike Little said the home will enhance the park, providing an educational component that could draw local schoolchildren.

“I think it celebrates the history of South Hall County and the first settlers,” he said. “I just think it adds to the already good amenities that the park will have.”


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