One of the last remaining historical cabins in Cherokee County is in danger of having to be demolished if something cannot be done to restore it. The cabin currently stands at Ethel Morrison Park across from the Cherokee County Public Library on Mary Street in Centre. According to Cherokee County Parks and Recreation Board Chairman Jeff Wolfe – the cabin has become a hazard to those that visit the park –
Wolfe says in addition to that; he had received complaints that individuals had been using the cabin as an outhouse which had created an odoriferous smell.
According to members of the Cherokee Rose Garden Club, who have preformed numerous projects at Ethel Morrison Park, the cabin was a gift to the Business & Professional Woman’s Club from Oscar Lowe in 1972; the cabin came from Lowe’s Farm and served as a smoke house where sorghum syrup was made.
Danny Crownover, who serves as the Vice President of the Cherokee County Historical Society told WEIS Radio News that the cabin is one of the oldest standing cabins in Cherokee County.
Members of the Rose Garden Club are asking that the park board hold off on demolishing the structure so that they may have more time to come up with a plan to preserve its heritage – at this time they are suggesting that a fence be put around it to keep trespassers and vandals from hindering it further.
The Park Board has said that they are not completely against the idea of restoring it if it can be feasibly be done; in fact Chairman Wolfe said that it took the board over 6 weeks before the decision was made to take it down.
The board has agreed to hold off on taking the cabin down until they hear back from members of the Rose Garden Club as well as others from the public who may be interested in seeing the cabin restored.