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Name Felts Log House (WKU)
Details Date Built - built ca. 1810, moved to Western in 1979
Cost of Construction - $10,000 to move the house to Western
Architects - built by Archibald Felts

Namesake - The cabin is named for the family that built and lived in it.

History - The home was built in Logan County ca 1810. Archibald Felts built it for his family to stay safe. When Felts went to meet some family in Nashville, the home was burned by Indians. When his family made it to Bowling Green they lived in a cave while Felts built what is now known the Felts Log House. His descendants lived in the house until 1960.

The house was donated to the Kentucky Museum in 1979 by its most recent owner, Sam Houston Watkins. The house has two chimneys and a dogtrot. When the house was moved to Western it was converted to a pioneer museum. It took movers three days to move the house. It has since been furnished with pioneer-era reproductions.

Additions:

1980 - it took three years to completely restore the house; rotten logs, siding, and mud chinking was replaced, a roof of hand-split red oak shingles was added

1990 - renovations; $30,000 was used to furnish the interior

College Heights Herald - 1979 October 23, p. 8

Park City Daily News:
1983 August 17, p. 11A
1987 May 8
1988 April 17
1989 July 24
1990 December 14
1991 March 31
1992 March 13
2004 July 6
2005 March 23

Given, Elise. Movin' On: Log Cabin Hauled to New Spot in Three-Day Team Production, 6/22/1980
Restoration, 10/20/1980

Louisville Courier-Journal
1980 June 20 & 23
Cabin Cruising, 6/21/1980
Osinski, Bill. Log Home Gets New Location, New Purpose, 6/1980

Veneman, Bill. "It Always 'Felt' Like Home," Bowling Green, Fall/Winter 1983

Russellville News Democrat
Milliken, Rena. Log Cabin Moved to WKU Campus, 6/19/1980

Western Alumnus Spring 1992
Archives Entries 10
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 0
Photograph Entries 24

Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 1. Public Relations - Public Affairs (WKU)

Photographs, negatives, slides and transparencies created by Public Affairs staff members of WKU faculty, staff, students, alumni and events. See container list for arrangement and description.

Image of Papers - Neal, Mary Julia, 1905-1995

Papers - Neal, Mary Julia, 1905-1995

Correspondence, speeches, and writings of Shaker scholar and English professor, Mary Julia Neal, a native of Auburn, Kentucky. Neal served as director of the Kentucky Library & Museum at Western Kentucky University from 1964 to 1972. Includes photos and correspondence with twentieth century eastern Shakers.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries  18. Felts Log House - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings Subseries 18. Felts Log House - WKU Archives

Images of Felts Log House, includes images of the move to WKU campus.

Image of Papers - Cox, Carolyn Ann (Helm)

Papers - Cox, Carolyn Ann (Helm)

"1920-1930 Logan County Furnishings: The Felts House," oral history project executed for a folk studies class at Western Kentucky University. Interviews were recorded on cassette tape and are indexed.

Image of Papers - Whitaker, Frances J. "Thomas," 1916-1994

Papers - Whitaker, Frances J. "Thomas," 1916-1994

Correspondence, research notes and manuscript articles of Frances J. "Thomas" Whitaker, a Benedictine monk who lived and worked at St. Maur's Priory, formerly the South Union Shaker Village in Logan County, Kentucky, from 1954-1988. He amassed a large collection of photocopied research material on the South Union community as well as other Shaker villages and museums in the United States. Also includes his research on various Catholic topics.

Image of Records - Pace Family

Records - Pace Family

Pace family documents (chiefly related to land transactions) including deeds, land grants, mortgages; as well as Bible records for the Pace and related families, and probate records. A significant portion of the collection documents the garden club activities of Lillian (Tynes) Pace and her efforts to have the Viceroy butterfly designated as the Kentucky state butterfly.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

Image of Papers - Milliken, Rena Edna, 1909-1998

Papers - Milliken, Rena Edna, 1909-1998

Chiefly transcriptions of oral history interviews conducted by Rena Edna Milliken with Logan County, Kentucky residents about local history and genealogy. Also includes Speeches and newspaper articles about local history topics and genealogy by Milliken and two Daughters of the American Revolution scrapbooks about the same topics.

Image of Papers - Felts Log House

Papers - Felts Log House

Photos, transcripts, design plans, and education materials about the Felts Log House, a log structure originally built in Logan County, Kentucky, in the early nineteenth century and moved to the campus of Western Kentucky University in 1978. Contains a variety of worksheets for children, furnishing plans by WKU, and news clippings about the house. It also contains transcripts of interviews about the house from Felts descendants and Sam Watkins.

Image of College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 83, No. 13 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/4487</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. Beshear, Steve Fletcher, Ernie Iphones Moore, Brad Ramadan Shantytown

Image of Event Poster - Fourth of July - Library Special Collections

Event Poster - Fourth of July - Library Special Collections

Event poster - Fourth of July, front and back, UA51/3/4, OS Box 6, F14.

Image of Felts Log Cabin - Reynolds, Les

Felts Log Cabin - Reynolds, Les

Facilities Management crew moving the Felts Log Cabin into place. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of Felts Log Cabin - Reynolds, Les

Felts Log Cabin - Reynolds, Les

Facilities Management crew moving the Felts Log Cabin into place.

Image of Felts Log Cabin - Unknown

Felts Log Cabin - Unknown

Facilities Management crew preparing wiring for Felts Log Cabin. David Goad in cabin, foreground. Mike Cardwell and Billy Breakfield outside cabin l to r.

Image of Felts Log Cabin - Unknown

Felts Log Cabin - Unknown

Facilities Management crew moving Felts Log Cabin into place. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.

Image of Charles Monroe Felts -

Charles Monroe Felts -

Black and white cabinet card image of Charles Monroe Felts. He was a member of the third generation of the Felts family to live in the Felts log house. The image was taken ca. 1860s.

Image of Felts Log House -

Felts Log House -

Black and white photograph of the Felts log house, taken in 1957. Carl, Ollie and Lee Felts are standing beside the home.