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Published on Feb 28, 2008
This slide show documents the restoration of an 1830s settler home located in Clarke County, Alabama. The house was built by Josiah and Lucy Mathews for their family of 13 after they migrated to Alabama from Edgefield District, South Carolina. The Mathews family was one of many who made this journey to establish a new life in Alabama. Alabama historian J. L. M. Curry wrote in 1851 that the pioneer generation should be remembered for "privations endured, tracks of wilderness explored...families supported...wars conducted...governments established, cities built, and school/meeting houses constructed." The Mathews' house is a prime example of how these yeoman pioneers actually lived. The restoration process began in 2006 and is nearing completion in 2008. It has been a community-wide effort that has benefited from contributions and support from all over the country. The cabin is located on the grounds of the Clarke County Historical Museum in Grove Hill, Alabama. For further information, please visit the museum's website at: http://www.clarkemuseum.com. In addition, a brief history of the house, written by descendent David Mathews, is available on the Mathews Family History website under the "Library" tab. Visit http://mathewsfamilyhistory.net/