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Title Brinegar Cabin Southwest Corner
Title Note Prior to Restoration
Date December 1944
Description View of man working on the roof of Brinegar Cabin, prior to the restoration. Brinegar Cabin is located on milepost 238.5 near or in Doughton Park, off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Image taken from the National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway Headquarters and taken by "KCM" in December 1944.
Commentary The National Park Service acquired the land associated with Brinegar Cabin in 1935 and 1937. This photograph, taken in 1944, shows that the cabin was in dire need of repairs if historical interpretation for visitors was going to occur. Although major restoration of Brinegar Cabin did not occur until 1975, from the dates of the photographs in late 1941 and 1942, there was some work done to the site. This photograph gives a visitor a clear sense of the shape of the cabin prior to any work or restoration. It also allows a viewer to compare the cabin's appearance following restoration. From this particular photograph, one can see a very simple entrance way that sits in direct contrast to the one in 1975. Moreover, there are no steps or paths leading up to the cabin's door as in 1975.
Location Location Name: Brinegar Cabin
Parkway Milepost: 238.0
Latitude: 36.4187411
Longitude: -81.1456417
Creator Individual Kenneth McCarter
Tags Alleghany County (N.C.)
Brinegar Cabin (N.C.)
Brinegar, Martin and Caroline
Doughton Park (N.C.)
Rustic cabins
Credit Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway