Muscatatuck event celebrates area’s history


Seymour tribune file photo/ Trina Tracey, of Seymour, plays the lap dulcimer while Al Hochstetler of Seymour plays the mandolin during the last year's Log Cabin Day at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. The two are members of the Scattertack String Band.

Deep in Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge east of Seymour sits an old log cabin.

Built in the late 1800s, the two-room dwelling served as the home of Louis and Nancy Myers and their family. It remained occupied until the mid-1960s, when it was purchased by the state Department of Natural Resources for the purpose of

creating the refuge.

The cabin sat abandoned and neglected until the early 1990s, when volunteers with Muscatatuck Wildlife Society decided to restore it. They filled it with furniture and other items appropriate to the time the cabin was built.

The idea was to open the cabin to the public to give people an idea of what it was like to live in the area at that time.

“Those were hard times, but people made do,” said Donna Stanley, longtime park ranger at Muscatatuck.

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