Historical Restoration

Collin Beggs splitting white oak shingles using a mallet and a froe.

Collin Beggs splitting white oak shingles using a mallet and a froe.

In 1999, New York State Barn Company worked on a project in Palmyra, in cooperation with a variety of religious historians, to re-construct Joseph Smith's boyhood family cabin on a popular historical site revered by many practicing Mormons. At the same time, New York State Barn Company also restored a barn from the same time period and moved it to the property. Collin Beggs and the other carpenters who worked on the project were chosen based on their ability to use traditional tools and follow methods of construction authentic to the era. The log cabin, which was originally built around 1818, was re-constructed in a half-dovetail style. The barn was refurbished and finished with hand-split white oak shingles. 

Today, the cabin and barn are visited by many domestic and foreign tourists. Collin Beggs has done other historical restoration work, but this is the most well-known.

Cabin