Log cabin opens to the public in Southwest Missouri

Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 10:39 a.m. CDT

MARSHFIELD — A newly restored log cabin has opened to the public in southwest Missouri, offering a glimpse of Ozarks family life in the mid-1800s.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Parham and Nancy Callaway built the cabin in 1853 between Marshfield and Hartville. They raised 13 children in the 16-by-18 foot building.

It has the distinction of being one of the few structures to survive a devastating tornado in 1880.

Restoration efforts involved dismantling the cabin, moving it and carefully reassembling it in Hidden Waters Nature Park.

The crew rebuilding the old cabin included family member Garland Callaway. The retired dairy farmer says he helped with whatever needed doing, from rebuilding the cabin's walls to chinking gaps between the logs.

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