Historic Cape log cabin moved across town

Historic Cape log cabin moved across town

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A historic log cabin original to the Cape Girardeau area got a new home Monday.

A five man crew, a crane, and two trailers handled the five mile move. They first separated the roof from the walls and loaded them on trailers.

The wooden structure was built in 1837 and originally stood on the Greenberry Hobbs Farm.

Earl Norman of Cape Girardeau purchased the cabin. Norman owns and restored two other historic structures and says he's always been interested in Cape Girardeau's rich history.

“I think we learn from it,” Norman said.

He says he plans to restore the cabin to its original condition. That includes replacing the tin roof with cedar shakes.

Gary Hill with

and Blyn Reimann of

along with three crewmen completed the move in about six hours.

Prior to the move the cabin sat in Rick Blattner's yard.

“It's got some history to it,” Blattner said.

He says he is moving it to make room for a new garage.

Blattner inherited the cabin when he bought his Cape Girardeau home. The property was previously owned by former Cape prosecuting attorney and home developer Stephen Strom who recently died.

Watch raw video of the move in the video player at the top of the page (on desktop computers).

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