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Historic cabin slated for destruction by state

The historic cabin known as The Cody Place in West Stony Creek, the last building that remains of a settlement in Thurman, is slated for destruction by the state after a life-lease expires Dec. 31, 2014.

The historic cabin known as The Cody Place in West Stony Creek, the last building that remains of a settlement in Thurman, is slated for destruction by the state after a life-lease expires Dec. 31, 2014.

— A log cabin known as The Cody Place sits on a grassy hill overlooking the valley known as West Stony Creek, with forested mountains in every direction. This maintained, historic structure is scheduled to be destroyed in early 2015 after a 40-year life-lease on life expires December 31, 2014.

In West Stony Creek, many of the old roads and a few small settlements have faded into nature as the state acquired land there for the Adirondack Forest Preserve beginning in the early 1900s.

A similar fate awaits the Cody Place.

The land where the Cody Place was passed along through several owners, most recently the Blue Spruce Valley Land Co., the last private owner of the property. On November 27, 1974, the land company sold two large parcels totaling 337 acres to the state for a total of $135,000, reserving for a limited time “right to use and occupy” a four-acre parcel within the 240-acre larger parcel of the two deeded parcels.

The little parcel is known as the Cody Place after John Cody of Lake George, who for many years leased the cabin and its surrounding plot of land. Cody has lived there much of the time since 1975, relishing the beauty and peace as well as hosting many gatherings of his wide circle of friends, he said in a recent interview.

The beloved two-story cabin with its comfortable porch is the last remaining building in the area of the historic Barber Place in West Stony Creek. Strung along a few miles of isolated road through West Stony Creek was once a loose cluster of small farms where families worked the valley and gentle hillsides during the 1800s and early 1900s. The well-crafted log building is located in the town of Thurman three miles north of the town’s border with Stony Creek.

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