Matthews, N.C. November 13, 2015 – Thanks to the efforts of two local developers, a log cabin from the mid 1800’s with roots across the Charlotte region will soon take its place at the growing Carl J. McEwen Historic Village in Mint Hill. Faison Enterprises, Inc. and Capital Land Partners, LLC, the owners of Stevens Grove, a new residential community located in Matthews, recently donated the Brigman Log Cabin to the Mint Hill Historical Society. The cabin is being moved from its current location to the McEwen Historic Village in Mint Hill.
The Brigman Cabin currently sits on the land in Matthews under development as 49 new homesites. Chris Boone, one of the owners of Stevens Grove, said the ownership company declined private offers to buy the restored 1840s home, choosing instead to make it available for the enjoyment of future generations in the broader Charlotte community.
At the McEwen Historic Village, the log cabin will join the restored Country Doctor’s Office, one-room Ashcraft Schoolhouse, Ira V. Ferguson Country Store and Gold Assay Office, plus several farm buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
“A wonderful learning experience”
Becky Griffin, executive director of the Mint Hill Historical Society, praised the new gift to their living history village. “Last year we had 3,500 schoolchildren visit. It’s a wonderful learning experience, so we think this log house will be a huge addition to our site.”
“It will be perfect in their village setting,” added Paula Lester, chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission and President of the Matthews Historical Foundation. “We couldn’t be happier that the Brigman Log Cabin will be saved and be in a location where visitors can see it for many years to come.”
Boone said his company has enjoyed helping preserve a valuable part of Charlotte history while working with the Matthews and Mint Hill communities. “We want to make a positive impact and become an asset to the local community,” he said. Donating the log cabin is one way that helps us fulfill that goal.”
Log cabin’s fourth journey
The ancient timbers of the Brigman Log Cabin will soon make their fourth trip since Union County farmer and Civil War soldier John Brigman hewed them on his land near the SC border in 1848. He built a modest structure, just 21 by 17 feet with one room, a loft and a porch. But this sturdy cabin served the Brigmans well for 80 years, until 1928, when John Brigman Jr. moved out and sold the property. From 1938 until 1975, the home stood empty and decaying on its original site.
Then a history lover named Mike Smith bought the cabin, moved it several miles to his property near Waxhaw and completely restored it, using good logs scavenged from other log structures and hauling in eight truckloads of rock from Robeson County for a new chimney and fireplace.
The next move came just four years later, in 1979, when new owners William and Myra Chandler of Matthews trucked the cabin to its present location near Providence High School. William Chandler also compiled a 50-page book on the history of the home, its owners and its journey – likely to be a popular resource for visitors at the McEwen Historic Village.
A new chapter begins
The log cabin’s next move will take place in a few weeks. Workers will remove the front porch and roof and lift the log structure onto a truck for the 9-mile drive down Matthews-Mint Hill Road. Volunteers will spend six-eight months reassembling the cabin on its new site.
Volunteers will also start a new chapter of William Chandler’s book about the Brigman Log Cabin. “We decided we want to continue the story here, too,” said Becky Griffin with the Mint Hill Historical Society.
About McEwen Historic Village and Mint Hill Historical Society
The society seeks to bring together persons interested in preserving the history of Mint Hill. The group operates the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village, located behind the Society’s offices at 7601 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, in Mint Hill.
For information on Village hours and events, visit www.minthillhistory.com/or call 704-573-0726.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historical Landmarks Commission – Chairman Paula Lester, 704-847-7610 or email@example.com
Mint Hill Historical Society – Executive Director Becky Griffin, 704-573-0726 or firstname.lastname@example.org