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Ask 13: What's the history behind the old cabin in Fairview?

"There is a one-room, old log house at the corner of Emmas Grove Road and Number Nine Road in Fairview," Doug Brown wrote to Ask 13. "What is the history behind this structure?" (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

An old cabin has piqued the curiosity of people driving along a rural road in Buncombe County.

"There is a one-room, old log house at the corner of Emmas Grove Road and Number Nine Road in Fairview," Doug Brown wrote to Ask 13. "What is the history behind this structure?"

There are actually two buildings at this location and both are made from rough cut logs. The larger one has a fireplace and a loft, appearing to be a one bedroom home.

In an effort to find out more about the structures, News 13 sought people close-by and the property owner but couldn't reach either. That's when crews reached out to the local newspaper, the Fairview Town Crier.

Publisher Sandy Rhodes once wrote about the structures and told News 13 it was part of an estate that belonged to the Lanning family, which dates back to the late 1700s.

The Lannings were some of the first settlers in Buncombe County. John was a private in the Revolutionary War and was known as John "Pioneer" Lanning. He was a true pioneer and accumulated hundreds of acres around the county.

A local historian said the larger cabin was actually a kitchen, built away from the main home in that period. The main home has since been taken down.

So, yes, these structures have a connection to Buncombe County's rich history and are likely one of the first homes in Fairview.

If you have a question you'd like answered, write to Ask13@WLOS.com.

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