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Tabby restoration

hamilton plantation Slave Cabins - 1883

Saint Simons Island, GA

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Excellence in restoration

We were honored to be recognized with a 2018 Preservation Award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for “Excellence in Restoration” for the Cassina Garden Club Tabby Cabins. These cabins were originally built to house slaves on the Hamilton Plantation in the early 1800s, but they have been stewarded by the Cassina Garden Club since 1932.

In addition to the important histories that these cabins represent, they are also notable examples of tabby construction. Working with such materials required a thorough knowledge of regional tabby composition and an acute sensitivity to historic building methods. The final product involved:

  • Historic lime stucco and plaster restoration

  • Installation of red cedar shake roof

  • Historic tabby restoration

  • Sub-grade water proofing

  • Chimney and fireplace stabilization

  • Design, building and installation of period mortise and tenon long leaf pine window and door frames, doors and shutters