“Right now everything we’re seeing is very positive. The cabin definitely has great potential. This should be something that is embraced by Cave Spring and Floyd County,” said Dave Davis of Chieftains Museum.
Pat Garrow, of Cultural Resource Analysts, not only inspected the outside of the cabin — believed to have been built by Cherokee Indians — he went inside and upstairs. He said a two-story Cherokee cabin is rare.
“It’s a great, interesting building. One thing that struck me immediately was the fact that the cabin is two stories; that’s pretty unusual. It reminds me a lot of the Chieftains cabin in the Chieftains Museum,” Garrow said.
Davis and Dianna Edwards Haney, a member of the Historical Cabin Committee, went under the cabin to search for clues to indicate whether the cabin was in fact built by Cherokees.
After coming out from under the cabin, Davis said he discovered the main beam had no nails; it was cut and shaped to fit under the cabin. Tooling marks were found on the beam.
Haney said she discovered some brick that was hand made, possibly by Cherokee.
“The facts are stacking up that this cabin was made by Cherokee Indians,” she said.
The Historical Cabin Committee plans to restore the cabin, but they need donations to make it possible.
To donate, visit United Community Bank of Cave Spring, or mail donations to P.O. Box 715, Cave Spring, GA 30124. Checks should be made out to the Cave Spring Historical Society.
“No other city in Georgia has this kind of artifact right in the heart of the town. Everyone needs to work together to restore it, not only for Cave Spring but for Floyd County and North Georgia,” Haney said.
Chelsea Latta, a senior at Model High School, is an intern with the Rome News-Tribune.