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Jim Rice Returns to Powers’ Family Log House

20180227_131737Jim Rice, who now lives in California, recently returned to Clarksville to visit his Grandpa Nesbitt’s home, known at the museum as the Powers’ family log house.

The log house was built by Barnabas Powers in the 1840s. Later other rooms were added to the structure to accommodate the large families that resided there, including the Nesbitts, who were related by marriage.

On February 28, 2018, Jim Rice stepped inside his grandpa’s home for the first time since moving to California in the 1950s. 

Jim first learned that the log house was at the museum when his brother contacted him several years ago. About 3 years ago, Jim called the museum to confirm that information. It was after business hours and I was finishing up some work before the Christmas holidays when he called.

20180227_131834From my conversation with him I learned that Barnabas Powers’ great, great, granddaughter Mabel Powers Hicks, 99, was living in Florida. Mrs. Hicks would later share many stories with me about her family and life in Montgomery County in the early part of the 20th century.

Mrs. Hicks passed away last year at the age of 102. Because of those stories, we now better know the people who once resided in the house and made it a home.

Jim Rice is one of the founders of the Brush Arbor Band. The song “Swinging Bridge” was written by Jim and is a reflection of his memory of his Grandfather Nesbitt. http://www.brusharbor.com

Sue Lewis
Curator of Education


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