I have had this picture on here several times before. It is the cabin my ancestor John Hunter built in Union County about 1834 and is credited for being the oldest man-made structure in Union County, Georgia.
Take a good look. The cabin is about to go through some drastic changes. It will probably not be the same.
Last week in the Union Sentinel newspaper of Blairsville was a picture of my distant cousins Charley Hunter and his nephew Andrew Wallis*. Behind them was the cabin. The article said the cabin will soon be dismantled.
Above -Charlie Hunter and Andrew Wallis in front of John Hunter's cabin on the front page of the Union Sentinel.
Also on the same front page another distant cousin, Ethelene Dyer-Jones in her weekly column talked about the cabin and how it was to be torn down in the near future. She told of the good memories she had and the history of the land and cabin.
I got my Sentinel paper Monday in the mail and tried calling Charlie Hunter to find out the latest and got no answer. I got on the computer and just started typing and email to Ethelene when the phone rang. It was Charlie Hunter. He just happened to call me, he does that about every month or so.
He told me last week he was coming home from town and saw that some workmen were dismantling the cabin. They already had the front porch removed. He did some quick work and paid a healthy amount down on the cabin and it is temporarily in his name. He is expected to move it and as old as it is it will be easier to dismantled and reassembled.
To dismantle it and reassembled it will be costly. I’m not sure Charlie realized what he took on when he paid down on the cabin.
Now, another group wants to gain possession of it and have it and the first Choestoe one-room schoolhouse moved to the same area and use them both for a museum. I think there are two defined sides here both wanting two different things for John Hunter’s cabin but at least they agree on preserving it.
In the old days, a mountain feud meant guns and shooting. Now, it means brief cases, checkbooks, contracts, and deeds.
*Andrew’s mother was Austine Hunter Wallis. She and I ran into each other researching the same family. Andrew is a professor at Whittier College in California.