One tiny ember from the fireplace of Cochran Cabin in Fowler Park, was responsible for the tragic loss of Hoosier history in fall 2017.
Since then the Terre Haute Parks Department has been working long hours to restore the cabin to it’s former glory.
“We cannot lose that history, so we decided to go reclaim more history and rebuild that cabin,” said Adam Grossman of the Terre Haute Parks Department.
After the ashes were cleared from the scene, only the chimney and base structure survived.
And while that may not seem like enough, after a generous donation from Southern Indiana, the cabin was well on it’s way to construction.
“We had a donation made to the department for this cabin from Plummer, Indiana. And we went and reclaimed that cabin and got those logs to build the new structure,” said Grossman.
The Plummer cabin was almost identical to Cochran, making the union of the two histories that much easier.
Although, according to Grossman, building around the surviving chimney proved difficult, “It was a unique project for us to put the logs on with the chimney in the way, it proposed a challenge for us”.
With the gravel laid, the shingles place, and the cabin structurally sound, the Parks Department was ready to show off their hard work.
On December 1st the department held a re-dedication for the cabin complete with a ribbon cutting and a plaque commemorating the two cabins.
“It’s been a great experience, it’s been a learning experience. But one of those projects that, this day has been coming for a while and it’s been a really awesome day to see coming,” said Grossman.
The heavy lifting may be over, but the cabin still requires some tender love and care.
This Spring the department will be adding a wrap around porch and staircase to the Cochran-Plummer Cabin.