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The Smulian Cabin

The Smulians briefly discuss the history of the cabin and their desire for its future in the video below:

Jim and Betty Smulian want to make sure their 1830's log cabin continues to be available to future generations. To achieve that they have donated it to the Appalachian Studies Center at North Georgia College and University where it will be located at the historic Vickery House and used for educational purposes. This page documents both the cabin, the move and it's final location.

The following slideshow shows the cabin, one of the oldest structures in Lumpkin County, before any work is done in preparation for the move to the Vickery House. Moving the cabin will first involve removing the new kitchen and bathroom - the structure on the left side of the cabin - and the porches.

The cabin will be located behind the Vickery House but first, it must be imagined there.

On January 31, 2012, after about three years worth of work, the cabin was finally moved to the Vickery House. Shortly the cabin will be weather tight with a new roof and the side repaired with age appropriate lumber. A stone surround is planned for below the cabin as well as a new fireplace and a deck that will be used as a stage.

At the Jan 12, 2012 Society meeting Alice Sampson, Director of the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center, discussed the plans the Center has for the cabin. Here is her presentation

A short video below documents the move. The video content is a contribution of 11 year old Jarred Meeks who had the pleasure on that day to document history on the move. Thank you Jarred!

A more complete video of the cabin's journey was later created:

Posted: 15 Feb 2011 by Manny Carvalho

Photos and Videos by Manny Carvalho; video content in Moving the Cabin is by Jarred Meeks. Jarred's original video is here.

One More Journey video by WGM Films posted 6 Apr 2012.