Monday, June 3, 2013

Family Tradition on Lake Wedowee Home on the Lake

Home on the Lake
Story by Kelly Caldwell
Photos by Zach Amason


There are not many homes on Lake Wedowee like the Amason Cabin on Fox Creek. First, most of the materials for the cabin were gathered on the family's land and second, it took the owners 30 years to spend the night for the first time.

"My dad had people interested in buying this land before the lake was backed up," Fred Amason said. "But I knew this was a special place and I wanted to build here.

 "We began building the cabin in the 1970s," he said. "I had a friend that had a saw mill and I would take trees cut from our land to him... And we gathered rocks for the foundation from around here as well."
The main level of the home features wood walls and floors consisting of a variety of wood collected from the family land.

Once the foundation was in place and the walls were up, Fred took a break from construction and actually went to work down at the dam.

"We did some different things in here and it was more out of necessity than anything else," Fred said.
The fireplace and chimney are made of rock collected from the land, but that didn't happen overnight either.
"When I started the fireplace I was able to get black mortar, but this was really like putting a puzzle together finding the right pieces to fit and by the time I was ready to finish the fireplace I couldn't get the black mortar anymore," he said.

For years, the cabin remained very primitive and was enjoyed by the Fred and Janice's sons as a camp house.

"We never intended for the cabin to be more than a rustic camp house," he said. "It didn't have indoor plumbing, air conditioning or even electricity.

But that all changed when Carlton Amason and his new bride Lynn decided they wanted their first home to be the camp house.

"It just had a subfloor at that time," Lynn said. "And there wasn't stairs to the upstairs... Just a ladder."
Bathrooms were constructed and stairs were added for the newlyweds.

"When we lived here it didn't have air conditioning," Lynn said. "We  just had the attic fan, but we made it work."

Carlton and Lynn lived there for a few years before building elsewhere on the family's land. But, "The Cabin" didn't stay empty for long.

"My sister got married and moved into the cabin and then Brian my brother and his bride did later," Carlton said.
In fact all four Amason children lived in "The Cabin" as newlyweds.

"We nicknamed it the "Weaning House" because all of our children moved out of our home into the cabin," Janice said.

However, in 2010 Fred and Janice were renovating their main home and became the last of the Amasons to live in the house full time.

"We were the ones to build it and we were the last ones to live in it," Fred laughed. "I guess you could say we were slow builders."

The Cabin is now used for family get-togethers at the lake and last spring was the site of Fred and Janice's 50th Anniversary celebration.


Thanks for the terrific article about this precious family. They are a priceless treasure and an example of what prioritizing family truly means.

The best family you could ever meet for sure. They have taken us "Yanks" as Fred calls us under their wing. Their cabin is so neat. A perfect example of a family project completed with love and hard work.

This cabin is a perfect example of family love. Imagine each of your children having a place like it nearby to begin their married life.

The Amasons have taken us "yanks" as Fred calls us under their wing and taught us so much about farming and Southern lifestyles.

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