BRYN MAWR, Pa.- A man who purchased a very small decrepit house close-by where he lived as a child in Bryn Mawr, discovered during facelift that the unpleasant and ugly structure is indeed a 300-year-old house constructed of logs, making it one of the surviving first generation homes in Pennsylvania.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jude Plum said he purchased the property out of pre-foreclosure about 4 years ago. The 71-year-old discovered a log house that was untouched since 1704, after taking away 5 layers of an outermost segment of the house. Jude has since taken the house apart, rebuilt it from scratch and restored it. He even adjusted and reconstructed the logs using a 200-year-old broad-axe.
Jude also had the help of a builder who helped him locate replacement logs from another cabin constructed in the 18th century. Plum’s idea is to ensure the house becomes one of the historical places on the National Register.