Over 200-year-old cabin found within building demolished in Montour County


WASHINGTONVILLE, MONTOUR COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) –“It seemed like each day they’d have more and more uncovered here and uh it’s… It’s… It’s something,” Frank Dombroski, Council President of Washingtonville Borough said.

On the corner of front street and water street in Washingtonville stands a weathered building in the middle of a demolition site. That building is actually a log cabin presumed to be from the 1800s. The cabin was discovered in January when a demolition crew was tearing down a condemned bar.

“It was almost un-fixable. It would have taken 95,000 dollars to bring it up to code,” Dombroski said.

When the bar was still open, it was just these four beams were exposed. People had no idea that were was more behind the wall.

“After the contractor started uncovering this it was like oh my gosh this is insane,” Dombroski said.

The bar was essentially built around this cabin. A local contractor determined that the building was antique based off of the materials it was made with. Also, the cabin was constructed using a technique that was commonly used over 200 years ago. Dombroski says it could be one of the first hotels built in the area.

“This was quite a bustling little community years ago,” Dombroski said.

He says there were a lot of uprising by Native Americans during that time.

“The settlers and also people that would stay at the hotels, we’re thinking they would build the first hotel close to the fort and the block house so that people could take refuge,” Dombroski said.

So what’s next for the historic cabin? Dombroski says it’ll have to be taken apart for now.

“Each piece of wood will have to be numbered and it’ll have to be stored in a dry environment until we can get funding to reconstruct it and we’re not sure how much of the matierial from the building will be salvageable,” Dombroski said.

The borough is waiting to hear back from the federal government to see if they will receive funding to reconstruct it before the borough council decides the cabin’s next steps.

“It’ll take approximately $90,000 to reconstruct it on a small scale. To do it properly, would be about $180,000 dollars,” Dombroski said.

But Dombroski hopes to be able to rebuild and relocate the cabin that holds some of Washingtonville’s history. He says anyone interested in donating money for its reconstruction can do so through the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Select Montour Area Recreation Commission – Washingtonville Revitalization Fund

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