Monday, September 20, 2010

Tagging the Tavern

Video Below!

It is unknown exactly when the old Lunenburg Saloon was erected. The town itself, originally called "Rocky Bayou" can be dated to at least 1820 and legend has it that the opening of the tavern occurred soon after the first business, a trading post, began operation.

Because of its early importance to the Izard County community, it is imperative that this unique structure is preserved. That's why The Lunenburg Community Center Association along with EIC has decided to dismantle the old relic which was donated by its current owners, Will and Pam Willbanks, and relocate it on the grounds of the existing Lunenburg Community Center (The old Lunenburg Schoolhouse).

This weekend, Jim, Bo, and I along with Roger Harvell prepared the building for dismantling by tagging the logs for reference when it is re-erected at it's new site. The logs will be stored until we can clean them all, restore those that need restoration, and replace those that cannot be salvaged. Once repairs have been made and replacements fashioned, a slab will be poured and the building will be restored complete with a period cedar-shake roof. The building will be moved on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

EIC is proud to be a part of this important project and hopes that the community will get involved as well by helping the Lunenburg Community Association fund the project through donations and sponsorships.

If you would like to help us dismantle and move the saloon, join us at 7 AM next Saturday at the old Smith-Tate home near the bridge at Lunenburg!

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