Andy and Molly Akers' House
The following article and picture appeared in the Pikeville, KY Appalachian News-Express on July 16, 2006.
Robinson Creek Man Uncovers Old Log Cabin Inside Family Home
A man was tearing down an old house and discovered a log cabin inside. Shortly after the news article appeared, my mother recieved a call from the current owners who told her they'd found the names of Andy and Molly Akers carved on the inside on one of the logs (her grandparents, my gg-grandparents).
The current owners' family had bought the property from Littles (Molly's family were Littles). We believe this house to have been a very early home for Andy and Molly as this is not the family "homeplace" remembered by my mother, who currently lives on Andy Akers Branch, which is the known "homeplace" of the couple.
UPDATE: Sadly, the cabin was torn down before ancestors could intervene and it's unknown what happened to the pieces!
BY MICHELLE GOFF
ROBINSON CREEK - Mark Wright said he always knew there was a log cabin inside the house his late grandfather, Alfred Mercer, left to him.
"I knew it was there ever since I was old enough to know what a log was," Wright explained. "I was brought home to this house when I was born."
Nonetheless, when Wright recently started tearing down the house, he wasn't prepared to find such an old cabin. Or one that has attracted so much attention.
"The older generation, from the baby boomers on up, slow down and look. Three people have stopped by just today," Wright said on a sunny afternoon while taking a break from clearing debris from his yard.
Wright inherited the property and house from his maternal grandfather, who died in October 1996. He said he decided to tear down the house so his children, a 7-year-old girl and 4-year-old twin boys, could have a yard in which to play. Wright said his grandparents bought the property in 1945 from a family named the Littles.
At some point, Mercer opened a store that he called Al's Hay Barn.
"He sold pop, candy, cigarettes, hay and straw," Wright explained. "Part of it still stands. He had screen wire to keep the thieves out."
He continued, "He had a barn ponies stayed in and a hen house; beside that, a toolshed; beside that, a dog lot; on the other side, a woodshed; across the creek, another shed. There were what you would call antiques in the house. My dad has a cabin in Rogersville, and I gave him the cook stove."
When Wright and the two men helping him tear down the house found the cabin, they noticed wooden blocks near the top of the cabin that could be removed. These blocks, as well as the cabin's notched corners, have caused much speculation about when the cabin was built. Some people with whom Wright has spoken told him these two features mean the cabin was built before the Civil War.
Wright, a welder and fabricator for ICG, observed other characteristics.
"You can see the hatchet marks, so you know it was built before hewing," he said. "I'm amazed by the craftsmanship. I can see it before others. It's just amazing."
Wright said his family is interested in tracing the history of the cabin, which is located at Robinson Creek on old US 23. He welcomed anyone having information on the cabin's history to call him at 424-6215.
Staff writer Michelle Goff can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source accessed online October 15, 2006