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    Old Virginia from the Beginning.

    Joe Garrett House, in Millers Chapel Community of Lee County,was the last house built by Emmett Eagle in 1920's when he was in his late 60's.

    Often we are asked how we got into the log home business. I always knew that someday I would build a log home and it looked like now was as good a time as any. The more brochures I looked through, the more confused I became, with each manufacturer claiming to be the best - I quickly saw their best just wasn't what I wanted, so I decided to build my own. My dad's Great Grandfather Ambrose Eagle and both his grandfathers, Emmett Eagle and Joseph Williams, were handcrafters and builders of log homes. "Logsmiths", as they were called in those days. With this in mind, Judy and I simply took a framing square, level and common sense and went up the hill to an old log house which had been handcrafted by Ambrose Eagle, and studied the technique he had used - integrating modern technology and a few modifications of our own, devised a near perfect system. Later, it seemed fitting to call our improved design "The Eagle System." My dad, "Babe" was a retired coal miner and my uncle, Bob Williams, a retired carpenter. Combining their knowledge and expertise in hewing and handcrafting and my experience in construction, we began to build our first log home. The handcrafting was done on site, next to the foundation. The logs were hand hewn, the dovetail corners were notched, then the logs were placed in the wall, one at a time. When folks saw the handcrafting, hewing, dovetail notches and workmanship, word got around. The response was unreal!! Before our house was finished, we had orders for other log homes, and the rest is history. Old Virginia Hand Hewn Log Homes, Inc. was born in 1981 with the goal to continue an American heritage - handcrafting authentic, Appalachian style log homes - continuing a family tradition. (by Reed Williams)

    Joseph Williams
    Civil War Veteran
    (Stonewall Brigade)
    Born: March 22, 1825
    Died: June 20, 1904

    Ambrose Eagle Homeplace (Grandfather of Reed Williams)

    Emmett Eagle
    Born: September 6, 1866
    Died: November 30, 1936

    Mountain Heritage Today

    Careful research of early log home building has been combined with the latest technical skills and engineering design. This unique blend of old and new ensures quality and individuality in style and design for the creative person who wants a home that reflects their personality. When there comes a time the simple and ordinary just won't do, you can select one of our exciting standard floor plans or use our in-house drafting service to produce a custom design. Customers ideas or plans are approximately 90% or our sales.

    Old Virginia headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in the Southwestern tip of Virginia on US Highway 58 at Dot, between Duffield and Jonesville. The "LONESOME PINE D" and "ALLEGHENY B" models serve as our company headquarters. We invite you to spend the night in our "Rocky Top" log cottage which is nearby and view our home, "The Cumberland Gap".

    When you visit the manufacturing site, feel free to watch our handcrafters at work, even hew a log if you like. Spending the night in our cozy "Rocky Top" log guest house, inspecting the five other model homes as well as watching our handcrafters at work, should clarify a lot of unanswered questions.

    All logs are stored to dry for
    at least four months before
    going to cutting stage. We
    learned that hewing the log
    speeds the drying process.

    Your home will be shipped
    by company owned vehicles -
    not an independent trucker.
    Logs are set onto your
    subfloor directly from the

    Quality Control - Each log is
    inspected twice, first as it is
    being hewn; again in the
    cutting and fitting stage

    "Babe" and Bob Williams,
    Grandsons of Emmett Eagle
    & Joseph Williams, hand
    hew a 40' Hemlock log
    with an axe.

      42144 Wilderness Road (US Hwy. 58)
      Pennington Gap, Virginia 24277
      (276) 546-5647
      Fax: (276) 546-2403


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