Historic Log House Gets Second Chance from Lower Merion Resident

Lower Merion resident Jude Plum has painstakingly restored a three-century-old log house to its classic original beauty.(image via delcotimes.com)

Lower Merion resident Jude Plum has painstakingly restored a three-hundred-year old log house to its classic original beauty, writes Linda Stein for Daily Times.

The owner of the Jude Plum Salon in Bryn Mawr purchased the home four years ago after the death of its previous owner Anne Elder, who had declined to sell the property to him almost two decades ago. Plum managed to complete the purchase despite the efforts of another bidder who wanted to tear it down and build two townhouses.

“I was lucky I was able to get it,” said Plum.

In the process of assessing the home, he found multiple layers, one on top of another. Finally, he reached the original log house built in 1704, still intact underneath it all.

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Plum credits its successful restoration to Roland Cadle, who has been restoring log cabins for 46 years and owns Village Restorations & Consulting.

Gerald Francis, president of the Lower Merion Historical Society, said the property is not currently listed on the township’s historic inventory.

“They never knew there was a log house here” he said, adding that the township is planning to include it this fall.

Read more about the restored cabin at Daily Times by clicking here.

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