200 E Walnut St, Danville, KY, 40422.
c.1790s Historic Log Cabin For Sale in Danville KY Under $43K
Contrary to the historical marker, the formal name of the structure is the Thomas Barbee House. Although known locally as the Willis Russell House, James Hunn, a Boyle Landmark Trust member, explained that new research indicates that the log house may have actually been built by Thomas Barbee in the 1790s, with Willis Russell never owning it. It appears now that Russell did not teach at this particular building. Instead, research shows that Thomas Barbee likely built the house after he purchased the land from John Crow, who originally sold the tract of land on which Danville sits. BLT says that, whoever purchases the historic log house, “will have the responsibility and freedom to build it out to suit the next use.”
According to an article at amnews.com,
The house “exhibits well-preserved architectural elements that are indicative of the secondary log construction that was once the most common construction style used to build permanent residences in the grown settlements in Central Kentucky as the end of the 18th century, according to the release. “The use of unpeeled, old growth white oak logs and the distinctive V-notched corners reveal to modern viewers the techniques and architectural styles that were used for similar two-story log houses across the region.”