Auburn University Design-Build students to install slave cabin replica at Westville Nov. 1

AUBURN – Students from Auburn University’s Design-Build Masters Program have researched, designed and constructed a replica of a slave cabin that they will install Nov. 1 at Westville, a living history museum in Lumpkin, Ga. portraying life in the preindustrial South of 1850.

Saturday’s installation is in conjunction with Westville’s annual week-long Fall Festival. The local community will participate with the Auburn students in a one day on-site community build beginning at about 8 a.m. eastern time.

The village at Westville portrays 19th-century life with historically accurate buildings such as houses, schools, churches and shops but, as of two years ago, did not include interpretations of the slave houses that would have existed during that period. The installation of the slave cabin replica created by Auburn students will help provide a more complete depiction of life in the South during the time period portrayed at Westville.

Westville’s board of trustees approached Anthony Carey, former chair of Auburn University’s History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, and D.K. Ruth, of Auburn’s University Design-Build Masters Program, to help in the construction of a historically correct 1850’s slave cabin. Carey conducted research on slave houses in the southeast region of the United States and provided assistance to the Design-Build Masters Program to ensure a historically correct 1850’s slave house.

The students of the Design-Build Masters Program, in a studio under the direction of visiting professor Anthony Tindill, created a plan for the design and construction of the structure. Westville then cut lumber to their specifications and shipped the material to Auburn. As a teaching tool for the Design-Build students, the house was first constructed on Auburn’s property. The disassembled structure has been shipped to Westville where it will be reconstructed on Nov. 1.

This project is funded by HUD and is directed by Andy Moye, former chair of the Westville Board of Trustees, in collaboration with the Auburn University History Department and the Auburn University Design-Build Master Program.

For more information about this project, contact Anthony Tindill, studio professor, at (813) 731-5355 or

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