Roofing to begin Saturday November 1st!

We have contracted with a roofer and work is tentatively set to begin this Saturday, November 1st and is expected to last 3 days. The weather in Greeneville, TN is expected to be beautiful this weekend to aid the process. Due to an anticipated schedule delay with our previously mentioned roofer, we have made a behind the scenes switch to Kennedy Construction Company out of Kingsport. In order to get the roof on before winter they are working us in while taking a short break on the historic Netherland Inn (also in Kingsport).

Our new roof will feature a Copper Flashing drip Edge & chimney flashing to protect the underlying structure. Initially this will be bright in appearance, but will quickly oxidize to form a nice patina that will complement the paint colors. The shingles will be new and will also naturally age over about a 6 month period to match the rest of the structure.

Over the last 23 decades, the Homestead has had many roofs. This one will feature a tar paper like fabric hidden between the layers of shingles to make it as water tight as possible. In the end, this one will look as authentic as possible while at the same time being built to last.

The roof is the last major component of reconstruction to be completed by the Babb Family Association. The remainder of the park re-development will be conducted by the Fox Memorial Park Association & the Nathanael Greene Museum.

Updated Pictures of Seth Babb’s Homestead

There were several of Seth Babb’s descendants on hand for the one day opening of his Homestead in Greeneville, TN. One of them snapped these photos and passed them along to me, so I could share with everyone.

DSCN1037In these first two pictures DSCN1048we see the under side & front side of the reinforced stairwell. The treads were too thin to accommodate the modern American frame, so we used modern lumber to make sure there was never a failure with the structure of the stairwell. Once opened, this door will be closed to the public in order to maintain a historically accurate appearance.

Canjoe John played the fiddle for guests and explained details of the craftsmanship in the home. Note the size of the huge fireplace. Two artifacts from the Babb Farm have been placed inside the Homestead and will serve as display items once opened. They are a Grain Barrell and a device that sorts the hulls from the seeds (called a Winnower). In the final picture you can see the painted door/window frames.

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Joining the Babb Family Association

Someone pointed out to me that I’ve not provided a method for people to join the Babb Family Association. I can’t believe that I somehow missed that when creating this new blog. Historically, we have collected dues via the newsletter and I hadn’t considered that there were people out there who appreciate the work we do, but haven’t yet joined the BFA.

Members of the BFA support all the work I do.  Membership is simple. Find your renewal period, Add-on (aka Tag On) kids or parents (Your Spouse/Significant Other is included in the base membership) and send us the following info along with your check or money 0rder.

Renew for 2 years $15 x per member & significant other; Tag on additional family members for $10
Renew for 5 years $30 x per member & significant other; Tag on $25
Renew for 10 years /
Lifetime membership for retirees
$50 x per member & significant other; Tag on $40
Make Checks Payable to Babb Family Association, 4252 Keys Drive, The Colony, TX 75056
Full Name: Nickname:
Address: City, ST Zip:
Home Phone: Mobile Phone:
Email: I’m Retired: Y/N Spouse:

Mission Statement:

Since its inception in 1989, the Babb Family Association has sought to provide the information necessary for Genealogical researchers to connect with their family tree. In 2004, a new mission was taken on to Protect and Preserve related historical artifacts. All programs benefit both its members and the general community who show interest in our work.

Educational Supporting Programs:

  • Newsletter: Our semi-annual newsletter is the primary fund-raising mechanism for our organization and provides updates on all the associations’ workings and goes out to all members. It is also posted on the web for the general public as well as sent to a variety of Public Libraries.
  • Electronic Book of Research Findings: Free to the public, this 1600 page electronic book helps people find their lost ancestors and presents a uniform environment to keep all genealogists in sync with the findings. The book is free to anyone who is interested.
  • DNA Scholarships: DNA testing is underway to prove the assumptions made in our research. It is hoped we will be able to connect several disparate lineages through this testing. Scholarships are available to pay for the tests to the first volunteer from each branch.

Preservation Supporting Programs:

  • Log Home Rescue/Restoration: Our most important project is the Rescue and Restoration of the Seth Babb Log Home in Greeneville, TN. The log home is to become the centerpiece of a new historic park that will be open to the public. The Museum plans to use it as the tool to educate students from area schools on the history of Greene County. Additionally, the park will provide space for weddings, concerts and other public gatherings. Seth’s cabin will be located on a plot of land adjacent to the home of the 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson which is maintained by the National Park Service. Each year about 50,000 people visit the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and a large percentage are expected to continue to Seth’s cabin. The 225 year old structure was rescued in 2004 when it was in danger of collapse. It is the oldest surviving building in Greene County, TN. The homestead has been placed on permanent loan to the Nathaniel Greene Museum and the City of Greeneville.
  •  Digitization of Paper’s of Jean Sargent: This collection of 29 years of research was bought by the Association and donated to the Handley Research Library in Winchester, VA. It spans 34 boxes. The collection was digitized and copies are available to researchers around the globe.