Several test sites of one square meter will be sifted to see what might be found by way of artifacts and other clues to firm up the belief that the cabin dates to Cherokee Nation days in the 1820s or even earlier. Volunteers are welcome to assist and receive how-to instructions. Pledges to help cover the $6,400 cost are also being sought by the Cave Spring Historical Society. Both volunteering and pledging can be handled by calling either Billy Wayne Abernathy at 707-777-9447 or Peggy Allgood at 706-237-1334.
This is part of an all-out effort to save/preserve the cabin, which was recently designated one of the “2013 Places in Peril” by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Building up documented proof of the cabin’s historical importance is essential to generating grants and other funding to turn it into a recognized treasure of the past and a major tourist attraction.