OLD SCHOOL OF THE DAY
John Prater Cabin log school house
Magoffin County Pioneer Village and Museum
191 S. Church St.
Salyersville, KY 41465
Magoffin County Pioneer Village and Museum is museum in downtown Salyersville, Kentucky, that exhibits a collection of reconstructed log buildings from, mostly, the eastern region of Kentucky. The Magoffin County Historical Society maintains a Library and Archives Center with a collection of genealogical and historical material at the site. Most of the cabins displayed in the reconstructed village date back to the early 19th century. The structures use all original materials from the log buildings. The buildings were disassembled and then transported to the Pioneer Village for reassembly on site. Nineteen authentic cabins on site give a great insight into how the pioneers lived. The log cabin structures serve as living history centers with displays and demonstrations of early crafts. There is a visitor center. The John Prater Cabin is a log school house. John Prater, and perhaps his father, Archibald Prater, built this home in the early 1800’s. Legendary stories relate that Archibald lived here himself, but they are questionable. This was a two-story home with chimneys on both ends. It is said that it had no dogtrot or breezeway. This old cabin was taken down several years ago, and the Burning Fork Community Church was built on the site. One half of the original cabin was moved to Lexington, Kentucky, and rebuilt by David Prater. The other half was stored in the old Prater barn and was inherited by Thomas Keith, who donated the logs to the Pioneer Village. This cabin became, for a short time, the Pioneer Village Church/Chapel and was designated non-denominational, although legend tells us it was a stopover for the early Methodist Circuit riding preachers, and services were held in it, as there were very few church buildings in existence at that time.