STANFORD — Progress on the Logan's Fort project is quietly progressing “behind the scenes,” Logan's Fort Foundation President Irene Jaggers told city council members Dec. 6.
Recent steps forward for the reconstruction project include the donations of multiple items that demonstrate how much people are interested in rebuilding the fort, Jaggers said.
One recent donation is a 10-foot-long "whip saw" that is believed to be one of the first saws ever used in Lincoln County, Jaggers said.
The saw was donated by a former Lincoln County resident with deep family ties to the area who now lives in Lexington, she said. The saw likely dates to the 1800s.
The foundation has also received a donation of a log house and barn currently located in Flemingsburg.
The logs from the structures will be used to rebuild three of the seven log cabins that were built in the original Logan's Fort, Jaggers said.
The log structures were donated by a member of a McCormick family — a family name with many roots in the Lincoln County area, she added.
The two structures will need to be disassembled and the salvaged logs then transported to Lincoln County — a process that will probably cost the foundation thousands. Jaggers said she's hopeful the logs can be relocated by the spring.
The foundation will also be given stone for the foundations of all seven cabins by local veterinarian Jonathan Alford, Jaggers said.
Construction of the cabins will progress "as we get the money to do it," she said.
In order to control costs, Jaggers said the previous strategy of building everything by hand has to be abandoned in favor of more economical construction methods using machinery.
"We've had a change of heart," she said. "We've learned that it cannot be done all by hand anymore."
The Logan’s Fort Foundation has been working for approximately 15 years on a reconstruction of the original Logan’s Fort built in the late 1700s.
The reconstruction is going up about 500 feet away from the original location.