BOL officials: Progress made in preservation of historic buildings

Members of the Battle of Leatherwood Reenactment Corporation, along with community volunteers, have been working on the preservation of historic buildings from the Pioneer Village and preparing them to be moved to the reenactment site. 

Since March, members of the Battle of Leatherwood Reenactment Corp. have been working on the preservation of historic buildings from the Pioneer Village and preparing them to be moved to the reenactment site.  

For years, the Battle of Leatherwood group has been collecting historical buildings that would have been used by ancestors as the group attempts to replicate Brashearville, said Kerry Crutcher, chairman of the Battle of Leatherwood Reenactment Corporation. Brashearville, Crutcher explained, was an early village, grocery, post office and salt works on the field where a Civil War battle over the salt works occurred.  

The buildings were given to the BOL last year by the Knott County Fiscal Court. Upon gaining ownership of the buildings, Crutcher said, BOL members immediately started trying to prevent further damage, and put a double tarp on the two story with the help of Campbell Construction and Jimmy Lewis Construction.

“The Battle of Leatherwood is making good progress towards moving the first Pioneer Village cabin,” said Crutcher. “It is sitting on crib blocks high enough to load onto a trailer, thanks to our volunteers and the Mending Hearts volunteers.”

The chimney, Crutcher said, has been removed and the back is braced. Campbell Design and Construction has demolished the chimney, said Crutcher, and they will return to move the cabin and clean the area once the building is moved. Campbell Design and Construction also brought one load of rubble to the battlefield, which was used to prevent erosion along the creek, Crutcher said.

County officials are also assisting in the preservation and moving of the buildings, said Crutcher.

“Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander sent Shawn Williams with a backhoe to dig an area for the cabin foundation as well as a foundation for a second project and a shipping container which we will use for storage,” said Crutcher. Boyd Feltner Construction made both foundations, Crutcher said. Crutcher also said that they are installing playground equipment at Leatherwood Memorial Park, and that Boyd Feltner donated the concrete for the base.

“We appreciate the help from these individuals and organizations as they work together to improve the community,” said Crutcher.

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