In 2001 the Henderson Historical Society received an amazing piece of history. Eileen DeLaVergne Pretre of Thomaston, Conn., donated a piece of the home she grew up in on Rays Bay Road in the town of Henderson.
The home had been damaged by a fire in the summer of 2000. The fire was mainly contained to the kitchen area, and the older, main part of the house – a log cabin dating back to the 1820s.
The original cabin was built with squared logs, measuring 18 feet by 24 feet.
A grant from New York Society Council on the Arts aided the society to hire an architect from the Syracuse firm of Crawford & Stearns to examine the structure in the spring of 2002 to assess the history and condition of the cabin; as well as the feasibility of the society’s plan to disassemble the cabin from it’s original location and reassemble next to the society’s museum.
Thanks to the architect’s favorable report, the cabin was labeled and disassembled in the summer of 2002 by Richard LaCrosse of Parish, NY. Mr. LaCrosse, an historical site preserver at Fort Ontario in Oswego, lives in a restored log cabin and has participated in several other log cabin reconstructions.
The cabin is available for personal tours during our museum hours. Please visit the museum to gain access to the cabin.