Hiram Caldwell completed his modern house in 1906 to replace the log cabin his family lived in that had been built in the 1840's.
I don't imagine that Haywood county had building inspectors enforcing codes at that time. Was this really the original means of a foundation or is this part of the restoration work? It was like this all the way around the house. The front porch was supported on square cement columns. I should have stuck my head under there to see what was supporting the center.
There was a nice sized porch on the back as well. The house was designed on the dog trot idea with a central corridor that went completely through the house, front to back.
The fireplace was a double having another hearth in the room behind the wall. I am guessing one was the kitchen and the other the front parlor.
This was kind of trippy. Walls and ceilings in some rooms of the houses were papered with old newspaper, magazines and cardboard. Was this an aesthetic addition or for insulation purposes in frame house with just interior and exterior siding at most? You can click on the image and read the paper.
At the end of the road it was a mile long walk into the woods to the next preserved house.
Between 1901 and 1910 Steve Woody enlarged a one room log cabin into a sizable dog trot house.
Much of the open farmland that was in Cataloochee at the time the park was established seventy five years ago has returned to forest.
There is a certain familiarity about the style of architecture of these hundred year old houses. Is that why my postal carrier tells me the folks in Spring Creek have said they really like the cozy cabin?
I will not however have a refrigerator like they did way back when.
My creek is a little on the small side for that.