BROWNSVILLE – An old log house on a hill in Brownsville is looking for a new owner who’s willing to have it rebuilt elsewhere.
Fitly Joined and Built-In Inc. has it on the market for $14,500 plus reassembling costs as the current owner wants the building removed from her property on High Street and saved, said Donna Stickovich, owner of the company.
“It’s a nice house,” said Stickovich, of Deemston, who has been in the business of saving historic log houses for 32 years.
No one knows who built the two-story house that has been added onto a few times, Stickovich said Friday. It appears to date to 1820, she said.
Her company is also dismantling a 1 ½-story log house built around 1850 in nearby Deemston.
This house will be attached to another log house near Carmichaels. It will join one that she found on a mountaintop in Gandeeville, W.Va., a building that had to be taken down by hand because it was impossible to get a crane to the site.
Living in a log house isn’t for everyone, she said. She said she prefers to sell her houses to couples who appear to get along and are likely to stay together long enough to see them rebuilt.
The process doesn’t happen overnight, either. It took a month for the power company to disconnect the electric lines to the house in Brownsville.
Stickovich said she also likes to leave log houses standing in place until they are sold because many buyers can’t envision what they will look like.
Each log is tagged and numbered to make it easier to put a house back together.
She finds these houses by driving around and looking for them, or people call her about relocating buildings.
She said it’s rare in this area to find a log cabin, which is typically one room with a dirt floor and loft. Log buildings become houses when they have more than one floor and wooden floors.
These houses are power washed after they are rebuilt to the point where the oak logs look as if they were freshly hewn, she said. It’s up to the new owner to decide if the house will be sealed or left to turn gray from the weather in a few years.
The new owner also needs to find an electrician to wire the house. Once that is completed, Fitly Joined will return and finish the interior chinking.
Stickovich said she has had a lot of interest in the Brownsville house.
Former Brownsville mayor Norma Ryan said it would be nice to keep the house in the Fayette County borough.
“It’s a rich piece of history that our community needs,” Ryan said.