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Historical Society President, Don Freiberg, famously known as
the proprietor of Rambo’s Country Store, was on his way to grind
sausages when he stopped by the cabin one morning in his white
butcher bib apron to give us a tour. He found us lazing on the big
front porch, which has been restored with rough, wide-board
decking hewn by a Warren County saw mill. Roomy and furnished
with comfy lodge-style chairs, you’ll be tempted to sit there all day
and take in the meandering view of the South Branch.
“We have our (historical society) meetings now on the front
porch,” Don told us. “We can fit around 10 people. It’s so nice to
sit and enjoy the river. ”
Other than the porch and roof, which needed replacing, the
old timber bones of the cabin were strong and solid. A fresh coat
of stain on the ceiling and floors went a long way to spruce up
the interior, but the backwoods aroma of smoke and musk still
permeated the inside, heightened by a century of wood fires and
a week of summer rain.
“At least it doesn’t smell like mice anymore,” Don quipped.
The one-room cabin was adorned with period pieces that
showcased the summer’s sporting theme. There were rods with a
creel by the fieldstone fireplace and there was even an ancient
wooden canoe tucked up into the rafters, but the historical society
is still looking for donations of rustic cabin furniture, as well as
fishing and hunting artifacts.
“I need a deer head,” Don said, eyeing a spot above the mantle.
The historical society has a treasure trough of local history and
memorabilia and the décor and displays at the cabin will change