Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Milton Log Cabin

Built during the 1934-35 school year by the Future Farmers of America (FFA) students, the Milton High School Log Cabin is the only FFA-constructed log cabin still in use in America today.

Milton Log Cabin

Awarded a $75.00 prize for his work in forestry presentation, Professor Pearce L. Elkins, of Milton High School, started the construction of the Milton Log Cabin as a hands-on community project, with supplies donated by various Alpharetta merchants. The students cut and hauled donated pine trees to the cabin site where the foundation was laid with rocks and cement provided by farmers and additional town merchants.

Milton Log Cabin

The one room, one-floor cabin is a hand-hewn notched log construction with cement chinking. The cabins interior consists of split log benches bordering the walls and a massive rock fireplace—used for heat and cooking—with a stacked stone chimney. Originally, the cabin served as an FFA clubhouse and also hosted community meetings, dinners, dances, and weddings.

In 1976, a restoration of the cabin was begun by the Milton High School history students, and in 1985, the Board of Education leased the cabin to the Alpharetta Historical Society.

Millton Log Cabin Well

Today the cabin is filled with donated tools, period (1800s and early 1900s) household furnishings, and an old Alpharetta farmstead diorama, offering visitors a glimpse of the changing times of a bygone era in America.

Handicap accessible tours and programs can be scheduled by appointment. Call the Alpharetta Historical Society at call us at 770-475-4663.

Milton Log Cabin
86 School Dr
Alpharetta, GA
Directions: the cabin is located on the campus of the former Milton High School, on Milton Avenue—one block west of Main Street in Alpharetta.

Photos by Janet Paszkowski

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