Historic Shumway Cabin Restoration Project

Service Project to stabilize historic cabin in Recapture Wash – May 2017

In celebration of Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month

You’re invited to participate in an exciting historic cabin restoration project with Friends of Cedar Mesa, SITLA and Woods Canyon Archaeological Consultants. The Shumway Cabin site is part of an early 20th-century ranch established in 1911 or 1912 by the Peter and Mary Shumway family of Blanding, Utah. Unfortunately, Recapture Wash and other environmental factors have been eroding the foundation and integrity of this cabin.

In March, a large, dead cottonwood tree was removed that overhung the cabin, threatening the structure’s demise if it fell. The delicate job was carried out by Thomas Wigginton of TM Premiere Services out of Monticello.

For this multi-day service project, we will be stabilizing this pioneer structure of great historical significance. The dates of the service project are:

  • Monday, May 8th – Thursday, May 11th
  • Thursday, May 18th – Saturday, May 20th

We’ll plan to start around 8:30 AM each day and work till about 5pm. We’re hoping for 6-8 volunteers per day. The cabin site can only be assessed with a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle.  This will be fun but hard work…at times physically demanding. We’ll be cleaning up fallen blocks, re-stacking them, hauling water and mortar, mixing the mortar, and doing basic masonry work under the supervision of archaeologists.

If you are interested in volunteering, please pick the days you are available here. Friends of Cedar Mesa will email specific volunteer event details the week before the project.

Family photo courtesy of Kay Shumway

This project was made possible by funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Author: Amanda Podmore

Amanda Podmore is the Assistant Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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