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Near Traphill in Wilkes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Mountain Home

Keeping it Warm

 

— Blue Ridge Parkway —

 
A Mountain Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
1. A Mountain Home Marker
Inscription.  All the materials Martin Brinegar needed for building a cabin were here on this farm—trees, rocks, even clay. Martin Brinegar began building this cabin in 1886. Working in his spare time, it took him three years to finish the original cabin — a main room and a loft.

Martin collected stone to first lay the foundation and to later build the chimneys. Next, he cut chestnut logs and hewed them by hand on two sides. Then he notched the ends. With help from his neighbors, Martin stacked the logs to form the walls. He chinked the logs with clay and covered the roof with oak shakes (wooden shingles) that he split with a froe.

Martin covered the logs with clapboard siding on the outside and paneling on the inside to help insulate the cabin from the bitter winds that are common here in the mountains. Martin took his own trees to a local saw mill and had them cut into boards for the floors, siding, and paneling.

Martin later added the shed addition—the second, smaller room. This room was divided into a kitchen with its own fireplace and a bedroom.
 
Erected by National
Marker detail: Short front door image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Short front door
Doors and windows in the cabin are small to conserve heat. Martin Brinegar was 6'3" and could stand inside the cabin without bumping his head.
Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
 
Location. 36° 25.134′ N, 81° 8.744′ W. Marker is near Traphill, North Carolina, in Wilkes County. Marker is on Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 239), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located at the Brinegar Cabin pull-out, along the path leading to the cabin, overlooking the cabin. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Traphill NC 28685, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Making Linsey-Woolsey (a few steps from this marker); Brinegar Cabin (a few steps from this marker); An Outdoor Pantry (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brinegar Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Shoes (within shouting distance of this marker); Mountain Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 1˝ miles away); Robert Lee Doughton (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Traphill.
 
A Mountain Home Marker (<i>wide view; Brinegar cabin in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 9, 2018
3. A Mountain Home Marker (wide view; Brinegar cabin in background)
Brinegar Cabin (<i>back porch view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2008
4. Brinegar Cabin (back porch view)
Brinegar Cabin (<i>side view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2008
5. Brinegar Cabin (side view)
Brinegar Cabin (<i>back porch view; staircase leads down to root cellar beside spring</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 1, 2008
6. Brinegar Cabin (back porch view; staircase leads down to root cellar beside spring)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2018, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on December 8, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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