Foundation will host open house at historic log cabin

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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 public will have a final opportunity to visit the 1816 Joseph Sappington Log Cabin at its original location in Affton, 10734 Clearwater Drive, Saturday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. before it is moved to Crestwood. 

The open house is sponsored by the Sappington House Foundation. Soon the Thomas Sappington House Historic Site in Crestwood will be home to the two Sappington cousins’ houses built in the early 1800s – Thomas’ brick house, now a museum, and Joseph’s log house, to be disassembled in May and reassembled in late 2023.

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 last fall to help pay part of the cost to disassemble, move and rebuild the cabin at the Sappington House site, 1015 S. Sappington Road. The vote was the culmination of an effort going back to March 2021 by the foundation and historic preservationists to save and move the cabin.

Mark Pratt of Antique Logs Unlimited, the company disassembling and moving the cabin, will rebuild the log house on a new foundation and repurpose its five rooms for expanded educational activities. 

Foundation board members and Pratt will be at the open house April 30 to answer questions about the project.