Photo supplied by Gordon Howard (husband of Jackie Curran Howard)
The Haller Alexander Curran Log Cabin
written by Gordon Howard
The unique thing about the log cabin is that the logs are all hand hewn. Sampson Taylor bought the land for $270.00 on 20 March 1900 from W. A. Harmon and Martha E. Harmon, G. F. Burchett and Amanda Burchett, Nathan Bailey and Alice Bailey. The property consisted of 34 acres at this time.
The same tract of land was deeded to Martha E. Harmon (wife of W. A. Harmon) on 7 December 1898 from Alice Bailey and Nathan Bailey for the sum of $227.00 being part of a 70 acre and 16 acre tract of land sold and conveyed by the Flat Top Coal Land Association to W. A. Harman in the year 1895. The deeds have not been tracked further back.
It is apparent the log cabin was built well before 1900 and some family members believe it may have been built around 1870 to 1880 or before. Before the Curran property was sold by the Curran family, the log cabin was disassembled and each log marked for proper location. It was then transported to the Curran property located on Route 20 between Bluewell and Princeton. The log cabin has been restored and except for replacement of about three of four logs, one at the top north side, and the remainder at the ground level, it is the same as the original cabin. The inside of the cabin has been completely rebuilt and modernized.