WESTON, W.Va. – Fox Cabin, a locally historic log cabin located in Roanoke, W.Va., and dating back to the mid-1800s, will be the star of an episode of the nationally televised show Barnwood Builders this Sunday – Dec. 13 – on the DIY Network, Stonewall State Park Foundation representatives announced.
The Fox Cabin belonged to Rebecca Kelly Fox, an Irish immigrant who settled in Roanoke in the mid-1800s. The great grand-daughters of Rebecca Fox donated the cabin to the Stonewall State Park Foundation, in order to commemorate the heritage this structure represents to the family and to showcase the history of those settling the area.
The show details the careful deconstruction, movement and reconstruction of the cabin from its original location in Lewis County to Stonewall Resort. The program also interviews descendants of Rebecca Kelly Fox and recounts the history of pioneer life in the area in the early eighteenth century.
Barnwood Builders, specializes in salvaging and restoring old-world structures and craftsmanship. The company that does the work is from Lewisburg, West Virginia. The weekly program features the Barnwood Builders crew reclaiming time-worn barn wood, and turning it into dream homes and buildings.
Samantha Norris, community outreach director for Stonewall Resort, said, “We appreciate the willingness of the Fox family to allow us to keep their history, and that of the region, alive at Stonewall Resort. The Fox Cabin will live on as the cornerstone of our newly created “Appalachian Homestead Project”, an effort to provide a glimpse of local history to visitors and resort guests.”
Norris said the Appalachian Homestead Project seeks to restore and relocate authentic log structures from the local region for use in educational and interpretive displays.
“It is the hope of the Stonewall State Park Foundation that this working homestead will serve to educate current and future generations about the innovation of early settlers in the Appalachian area,” Norris said. “Hosting special events such as blacksmith demonstrations, community music events, summer camps, and farm-to-table classes are all components that we plan to feature as part of this special project on the resort property once it is complete.”
Norris said the Stonewall State Park Foundation is working to solicit funding, both private and foundational, to complete the Appalachian Homestead Project.
For additional information, or to learn how to contribute to the project, contact Samantha Norris at (304) 269-269-8820 or [email protected]