Preserving the Cabell Log House

There is much to discover and document concerning the history of the property. HSF believes the entire site will serve as an educational laboratory, revealing significant information about Staunton’s African American history and architectural traditions.

It is important that our community preserves and protects such significant resources that inform us about our past.


Historic Staunton Foundation Purchases Historic Cabell Log House

Historic Staunton Foundation has purchased the historic Cabell Log House located at 654 East Beverley Street. Built ca. 1869 by freedman Edmund Cabell and owned by his descendants for more than a century, it is the only remaining 19th Century exposed-log structure in the City of Staunton and a rare example of a post-Civil War home that we can definitively connect to a specific local African American family. HSF’s immediate goal is to secure and stabilize this rare historic resource.

We are excited to collaborate with the previous owner, Philip Brown, who is supplying materials for needed repairs. Mr. Brown purchased the house this past summer, carefully cleaned the interior and removed the dead oak tree which had caused problems with the structure. Mr. Brown is milling the oak tree and will provide HSF with the lumber.

In the short term, HSF will proceed with mothballing the structure, a process used to secure an historic building so that it is dry and safe until a preservation and rehabilitation plan is established. (See the National Park Service preservation brief for details)

We will further study the history of the house and surrounding landscape, with the assistance of local and regional experts. We are consulting with archeologist Dr. Dennis Blanton of James Madison University to document the landscape and historic archeological resources on the property and with Will Rourk, 3D Technologies Specialist at the University of Virginia, to record the current building condition through 3-D laser scanning. Eventually we hope to assemble a team to determine the best use of the property going forward.