floors, but they made a few additions, including a master bedroom and bathroom. They also built a staircase and upstairs area. “The house was originally put together with pegs, so they used pegs to put the stairs up,” Rachel said. They moved in just before Thanksgiving 1986, and began filling their home with antiques, often traveling to Pennsylvania to search for items. Almost everything in the home is an antique with the exception of the sofa, chairs and TV in the den. The clawfoot bathtub and toilet in the master bathroom date back to the 1920s, as does the gas stove in the kitchen. “We had an electric oven with a side oven until 1993 when we had that blizzard. We were out of power and heat and everything for a week, so then we put in gas,” Rachel said. Although Rachel planted daffodils, the surrounding woods provide plenty of natural beauty, including a honeysuckle bush and plenty of other native trees and plants. Rachel, whose first husband was killed in the Vietnam War, still lives in the cabin. She has several neighbors in the rural area, including her daughter and her family, who live down the road. Although the house does not have central heating or air, it does have a working Internet connection, which Rachel uses often for her work with the Blue Star Salute Foundation and the Shelby County Historical Society. After 22 years, she still loves the cabin and her tranquil surroundings. “It’s just a very comfortable place, and I’m not afraid to be here,” she said. “A lot of people wouldn’t live in a place like this, but I enjoy it.” l PAGE 46: The loft of Rachel Clinkscale’s cabin features several beds for visiting family and friends. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The cabin was built in 1846 and was relocated to Vincent from Harpersville. The gas stove dates back to the 1920s. Bill Clinkscale built the stairs leading up to the loft with the help of family and friends. Rachel Clinkscale has lived in the cabin for 28 years.
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Published on May 27, 2014