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THE AUTREY HOUSE

The Autry House, the oldest dwelling in Lincoln Parish, is a prime example of the type of historic building that needs to be preserved. After more than a century and a quarter, it stands as a testimony to frontier building craft and to frontier family living, but soon it will enter a stage of rapid deterioration.

Located at Dubach, the dwelling was erected in 1847 by Absolem Autrey. Autrey, considered to have been the first settler in the Dubach area, had recently migrated from Selma, Alabama.

The construction technique and architecture are those of the frontier. The dwelling is constructed of hand-hewn logs eight to ten inches thick and 16 to 18 inches wide. In traditional frontier style, they are mortised and held together by wooden pegs two inches thick and 12 inches long. Much of the flooring is the original hand-split planking. The few nails used in the construction are of the square, hand-made variety. Each original pier consisted of large rocks sunk into the ground on which was mounted a triangular wooden timber.

The room arrangement is adapted from the typical Scots Irish "double pen." It consists of four rooms – two on each side of a 12 foot "dog trot" that runs 32 feet from front to back. A chimney stands at each side of the house, one of which is original. Spanning the front of the house is a gallery 12 feet deep and 52 feet wide which is partly enclosed by a railing of split logs hand hewn to size. A spacious attic was reached by a stairway that has disappeared.

 

The North Louisiana Historical Association

JOURNAL

Published Quarterly by the North Louisiana historical Association Ruston, Louisiana

Vol. IX Summer 1978 Number 3

CONTENTS

NOTICE

THE CASPIANA "BIG HOUSE:" HISTORY AND RESTORATION 107

By Alan S. Thompson

MT. LEBANON’S HISTORIC HOUSES: A PRESENTATION BY

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

By F. Lestar Martin ll5

HISTORIC RESTORATION IN NORTHEAST LOUISIANA:

BOSCOBEL COTTAGE

By H. Hal Garner 125

HISTORIC PRESERVATION OF SHREVEPORT:

SIX YEARS OF STRUGGLING AND EDUCATING

By Goodloe Stuck 131

"SYLVAN RETREAT:" A RESTORATION PROJECT

By F. Lestar Martin 135

RESTORING A LOG HOUSE IN DESOTO PARISH

By Goodloe Stuck 143

THE AUTRY HOUSE 147

A CASE STUDY OF FUNCTIONAL PRESERVATION:

THE KIDD-DAVIS HOUSE OF RUSTON AS MUSEUM AND

COMMUNITY CENTER

By Philip C. Cook 149

The National Register of Historic Places by Stephanie Toothman 155

The National Trust Answers Preservationist Needs Locally

By Vicky Meadows 159

The American Association for State and Local History

Edited by Philip C. Cook 163

Preservation in Louisiana

By Paul B. Hartwig 165

Historic Preservation and the Coordinating and Development

Counsel of Northwest Louisiana

By Daniel l. Hodson 171

NEWS AND NOTES 175