Construction of Log Cabin at Montpelier Nearly Complete

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A reconstruction of history at James Madison's Montpelier is nearing completion.

A team of volunteers helped build a log cabin on the site where slave quarters once stood on the property. Head archaeologist Dr. Matt Reeves says they'll be done by next week. He says the cabin will act as a great learning tool for visitors.

"They become really engaged, not only in how to build a cabin, but also how museums interpret these spaces to the public and how we go from a set of archaeology deposits in the ground to actually reconstructing these and interpreting them,” said Reeves.

Archaeologists determined the location of the cabin from the remains of two hearths.

Reeves says Friday should be the last day visitors can witness construction in progress.