CAVE SPRING — A Spanish silver coin dating back to 1824 was found by two men using a metal detector to sweep beneath the foundation of the Vann Cherokee Cabin.
The coin was the surprise promised by the Cave Spring Historical Society to those who attended Saturday’s soft opening of the cabin on Cave Spring’s Broad Street.
CSHS president Mike Burton expects the coin to be a focal point of a future Cave Spring history museum, which he hopes to place in one of the empty buildings around town.
The coin, which Burton wants to have professionally cleaned, is an 8 Reales featuring King Ferdinand VII, said coin finders Terry Hobbs Sr. and Terry Hobbs Jr.
After some online research, the finders think the coin is worth maybe $100, due to its worn condition.
The two found the coin after the cabin, which is under renovation, was moved 9 feet back from its original site.
The historical cabin, built in 1810, is under renovation due to leaks destroying the floors and the foundation. It was disassembled in February and has slowly been put back together.
The grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 3, according to Burton. The opening will coincide with a visit from the Trail of Tears Association, who is holding their 21st annual conference and symposium between Oct. 3 and Oct. 6 in Dalton.
The group is expected to make a stop in Cave Spring during their trip from Oklahoma, said CSHS treasurer Rip Montgomery.
About $40,000 has been raised for the renovation, which has mostly been done by volunteer work, but Burton thinks another $20,000 is necessary to complete the project, including the addition of the front and back porches.
The goal is to have an educational center for the county and a historical draw for the city, Burton told the crowd.
An online kickstarter campaign will begin on July 5, Burton added, with pens made out of some of the rotten cabin logs for sale.
“I just think these people have done a wonderful job,” Faye Garmon said about the work done on the cabin so far.
Burton’s daughter Gola Burton agreed with Garmon and added that the cabin is important to the city because “it’s our history.”
The cabin was “discovered” in 2010 beneath blue siding that covered the building, according to an information pamphlet.
That blue building was used as a retail nursery, antique shop and as the Green Hotel at one point during the 20th century, while it was a post office during the Civil War and a place to buy supplies and maybe get a drink during its earliest days.