Special Project – Couch Cabin Porch Restoration

In 2018, we harvested a downed White Oak in the Durham division of Duke Forest and used boards from that tree to replace the front porch of our Couch cabin. The Couch family, the namesake’s of Durham County’s Couch Mountain, owned a good portion of the land that is now the southwestern portion of the Duke Forest. This cabin which has been on this land for at least a century is now used as a part of our Deer Management Assistance Program and is also the site for fun events like the Nicholas School student Field Day and concerts from the front porch. Replacing this front porch with local White Oak and keeping the cabin in use is part of our commitment to the cultural heritage of the Duke Forest.


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