Dunham/Harding Cabin

Acc’d to this book: http://books.google.com/books?id=Wq1PRKKVhd4C&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=the+stump+tavern+tennessee&source=bl&ots=LAk1gm5YP4&sig=zwxWxfrrPR9-4kQyhNZrk_lpOzw&hl=en&ei=dgBUTIa8BoT68Abfu8SPBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q&f=false

The Dunham & Harding Cabin at Belle Meade Mansion is a double crib log cabin.  Half of it might date to around 1784.  One of the last Indian raids on the settlements took place here in 1792.  Daniel & John Dunham had settled on the banks of Richland Creek in 1784, & built a log fortification known as Dunham’s Station.  Daniel & two of his sons were killed in an Indian raid in 1787 on Richland Creek.  John Dunham was killed in 1790.  In 1792, John’s widow, Sarah, was working in the cabin & heard her children scream outside.  Rushing out the door, she saw her children being chased by several Indians.  One of her daughters was captured, & Sarah charged at the Indian with a hoe & freed her daughter.  She & the children ran back to the cabin & tried to close the door, but an Indian had thrust his rifle barrel inside.  Sarah, thinking quickly, shouted out for a gun to be handed to her.  The blugg worked & the Indians ran away.  Part of the Station was burned in another Indian raid in 1792.

The Dunhams lived in their cabin until 1807, when they sold it to John Harding (son of Giles who was son of Sarah La Force Harding).  A second log cabin was built near the Dunham cabin, & the two were joined by a common roof.  This is known as a dogtrot cabin.  The common open area between the two cabins was a cool place to work from in warm weather, & of course dogs would find it to be a comfortable place to sleep as well.  William Giles Harding, the son of John & Susannah Shute Harding, was born here in 1808.  By 1820, John owned over one thousand acres & forty-nine slaves, & they built a larger brick house a bit farther back from the road.  About this time they acquired a three-year-old slave child named Robert Green.  He eventually came to live in the cabins, and was known as Uncle Bob Green.  He was the head groom for the farm, & helped manage the thoroughbred horse stock.  During the Civil War, he remained on what was then known as Bell Meade Plantation, & was shot by a Union soldier.  He recovered & spent the rest of his life there, finally dying in 1906.  He had married when he was nearing fifty years old, & he fathered eight children.


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