PHOTOS: Crews begin dismantling historic 1810s Joseph Sappington Cabin in Affton, will be reconstructed at Thomas Sappington House Park in Crestwood

By Erin Achenbach, News Editor

The dismantling and move of the historic Joseph Sappington Log Cabin is officially underway after crews began dismantling the cabin Sept. 13.

The 1816 cabin is being moved from its present location at 10734 Clearwater Drive in Affton to the Historic Thomas Sappington House Park in Crestwood, 1015 Sappington Road. Thomas Sappington and Joseph Sappington were cousins. 

According to Thomas Sappington House Resident Manager Sally Cakouros, the deconstruction process will take about three weeks; the three large stone fireplaces in the cabin will take a week to dissemble on their own. All of the cabin’s previous modern amenities have already been removed and the cabin is “stripped down to the barebones.” 

Antique Logs Unlimited, out of Kirkwood, is disassembling and reassembling the cabin. The logs will be transported to Pratt’s lumberyard in southeast Missouri before eventually being rebuilt on a new foundation at the Sappington House park with current building codes. Five rooms will be repurposed for expanded educational activities, meetings, exhibits and storage. 

The cabin is expected to open to the public in 2024.