Digital Exclusive: Fundraiser to rebuild historic log cabin

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WASHINGTONVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – “We’re pretty much ready to put it where it belongs, once we get money to put it there,” Ruth Marr, Fair Secretary for the Montour Delong Community Fair said.

In January, contractors were demolishing a bar in Washingtonville when they discovered a hidden gem- a historic log cabin built in the 1800s.

“It started as a problem in the community, you know a hazard or a blight in the community, and it turned out to be a real plus,” Sharon Waltman, a Member of the Washingtonville Revitalization Committee and Montour Delong Fair Association said. 

The bar was built around the log cabin, and no one realized the historic structure existed until the bar was being torn down. Since then, the bar has been dismantled and moved to a private barn for safe keeping under the ownership of the Montour Delong Fair Board. 

The plan is to rebuild the cabin on the Montour Delong Fairgrounds, but money still needs to be raised for the project. 

“We’re anticipating $75,000 dollars. We would be working with an architect to draw, do the design and everything like that. We would need to get a contractor and there’s always unforseen costs,” Mayor Tyler Dombroski of Washingtonville said.

Dobroski says he is working with the fair committee to apply for grants for the money needed. The committee is also working on fundraisers to raise the money. Currently a t-shirt fundraiser is in the works. 

“We came up with a really good photo of the cabin that could be used in a black and white form and with that phrase that we talked about before, ‘I caught cabin fever in Washingtonville, PA’ on the back..” Waltman said.

Marr says the addition of the historic cabin, if reassembled, would attract more tourists to the Montour Delong Fair, which is slated to be held next August. She says it’ll help put Washingtonville on people’s radar.

“We’ve had people come to the fair that don’t even know where Washingtonville is… they just follow  the directions on our pamphlet,” Marr said. 

Marr says the fair and fair banquets this year were cancelled due to the pandemic, causing the committee to lose at least $47,000. She hopes that money will be recovered at next year’s fair, by those incoming tourists eager to visit the historic cabin.

For information on the t-shirt fundraiser and upcoming fundraisers, click here.

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