published Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Retired botanist restoring 190-year-old log cabin

Leo Collins on Wednesday looks over the 1822 log home that he is restoring in Anderson County. The TVA retiree has taken on the job to save the cabin in which John and Anna Overton raised 12 children. (BOB FOWLER/NEWS SENTINEL)
Leo Collins on Wednesday looks over the 1822 log home that he is restoring in Anderson County. The TVA retiree has taken on the job to save the cabin in which John and Anna Overton raised 12 children. (BOB FOWLER/NEWS SENTINEL)
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

CLINTON — He did it, Leo Collins said — pouring a lot of money into a historic log home to restore it — "out of an obligation to the past."

For years, Collins said he thought about the dilapidated old house nestled on a knoll at the back of his scenic Bluebird Christmas Tree Farm off Brushy Valley Road.

Tin-roofed, its original logs covered with board, the structure was one of the reasons he purchased the farmland nearly three decades ago.

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