HAYES CABIN

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 10: Built Environment

HAYES CABIN


TAGS: Hayes Cabin ; William Hayes ;cabins ; log cabins ; salvage cabins ; log homes ; Viper, KY ; construction ; kitchens ; carpentry ; surface mining ; basements ; conservation ; log cabin restoration ; Kentucky Transportation Cabinet ; eminent domain ; highways ; highway construction ;


The Hayes Cabin was begun in the Summer of 1967, the year William Hayes came to Hazard, Kentucky, to assume a position as the District Supervisor, Division of Reclamation, Department of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Kentucky. The cabin, an amalgam of three salvaged cabins, was proposed for property owned by Fern Hayes at Viper, Kentucky, a railroad junction on the North Fork of the Kentucky River not far from Hazard. The cabins purchased and salvaged from the area date from the late nineteenth century to the early years of the twentieth century and were largely intact when salvaged. The old cabin pictured in the GALLERY is the salvage cabin and outbuilding used in the construction of the kitchen-dining second phase of the Viper reconstruction.

The structures were integrated during two building initiatives. While the first structure, comprised of two cabins, was under construction, a trailer served the needs of kitchen and temporary bathroom. An upper basement and storage area with two outside entrances was attached to the back hillside of the now unified cabin. A room above the upper basement was added to serve as a bedroom and was joined with the upper attic of the cabin during this first phase of construction.

The third cabin was brought to the site in the early 1970s and was constructed as a long kitchen and dining area, perpendicular to the first structure, giving the overall “L” shape to the completed building. The attempt was made to honor some previous window and door openings, but new openings were cut to afford light and the ability to negotiate the three structures on the narrow site.

Later additions of a lower floor bedroom and bath (new construction) and a greenhouse extended the facade of the cabin and a lower basement was excavated in the late 1980s with its entry below the new bedroom and bath. A three-car two-story pole barn was constructed during the early years of construction to provide a workshop and storage facility.

The main cabin and all outlying buildings were taken in an eminent domain action when Highway #7 from Jeff to Viper began construction at Viper in 2005. At that time the building was deconstructed by a cabin salvage team hired by Pine Mountain Settlement School and the salvaged logs, kitchen cabinets (oak hand made by Amish), chestnut trim, and structural supports, and more were taken to Pine Mountain and stored in the School Barn.

Chimney, steps, rock walls and other hewn stones, as well as any property not secured and monitored, including landscaping, was rapidly stolen before salvage could begin.


GALLERY I
Hayes Cabin: The Construction

GALLERY II
Hayes Cabin: The Landscape and the Living Cabin

GALLERY III
Hayes Cabin: The Take-down

GALLERY
Hayes Cabin: Stored in the Barn at Pine Mountain


SEE ALSO:

HAYES CABIN

WILLIAM HAYES (Part I) Biography

WILLIAM HAYES (Part II) Biography

WILLIAM HAYES CORRESPONDENCE

WILLIAM HAYES – KENTUCKY GUILD OF ARTISTS & CRAFTSMEN

WILLIAM HAYES PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

 DANCING IN THE CABBAGE PATCH V Farm and Dairy The Morris Years II 

DANCING IN THE CABBAGE PATCH VI – POULTRY

FERN HALL HAYES Biography

LITTLE SHEPHERD TRAIL