Second cabin arrives at Doss Center

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center got a new cabin as it rolled down Santa Fe Drive Tuesday into the center’s planned Pioneer Cabin Park.

The Doss Heritage and Culture Center got its second cabin this week.

The Strain cabin was transported from the Brock area and through Weatherford on Santa Fe Drive Tuesday and will join the MacDonald Cabin in the center’s planned Pioneer Cabin Park, scheduled for completion by 2020, said marketing manager Lorraine Crutcher.

“We picked it up and moved it in its entirety; roof perch and concrete slab,” said managing director Dean Hungate.

There are still repairs to be done on the Strain cabin, Hungate said.

“The cabins need to be rechinked, the cabins probably need new floors,” he said.

The process of re-chinking a cabin involves putting material in between the cabin to keep out the air, and was oftentimes made up of a hardened mixture of mud, dirt, caliche or a mixture of whatever else the landscape offered, Hungate said.

The cabins will be re-chinked with a new, more modern clay-like mixture so it can be maintained longer, Hungate said.

“It’s a material that moves with the logs so once we’ve chinked it, we only have to chink it every 10, 15, 20 years instead of four or five years,” he said.

The material comes highly recommended by other cabin preservation groups, Crutcher said.

“This specific material has actually been suggested to us by other groups who have refurbished and preserved cabins,” she said. “This is something that has been developed for the preservation of cabins so we know that when we’re preserving these cabins we want to do it right the first time.”

Moving historical structures can be challenging, Hungate said.

Getting the structures moved involves a lot of logistics including numbering every log, shingle or chimney rock to make sure if something falls apart or needs to be taken down for stability purposes, the cabin can be reconstructed exactly as it was, he said.

The Strain cabin needed some work done before it was moved and the other cabins will likely have to be broken down and put back together with numbered logs and rocks so they can be accurately reconstructed, Hungate said.

“There’s not many movers, not in Texas, but in the United States that move structures anymore, so getting on their schedule is difficult,” he said. “Getting the cabins shored up to move. This cabin had a bowed wall, they (the movers) had to straighten the wall, then getting it on site we’ve got to totally redo it once it’s here basically. It’s a time-consuming and expensive venture to get the cabin redone.” 

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