Dismantling of Sappington Cabin underway


Photo by Erin Achenbach

The Sappington House Foundation hosts an open house at the Joseph Sappington Cabin Nov. 20, ahead of the cabin’s disassembly, move and reassembly at a Crestwood park. The cabin was built in 1816 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The dismantling and move of the historic Joseph Sappington Log Cabin is officially underway after crews were scheduled to begin dismantling the cabin Tuesday.

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 a press release from Historic 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 dissamble on their own. All of the cabin’s previous modern amenties 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 cabin will be rebuilt on a new foundation at the Sappington House park to meet 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.