If you’re an Allegany State Park enthusiast, you know there are hundreds of cabins in the park ranging from the large Taft cabin with two porches and running water to the very basic Creekside cabins just one trail over. Some cabins appear to have been recently updated, while others could use some TLC. If spending your summer days at the park is high on your priority list, your options for updated cabins are about to increase.
Ryan Cabin Trail Renovations
The 10 historic cabins on Ryan Trail received major exterior renovations last summer and fall with the help of HistoriCorps (which saves historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education), a not-for-profit building preservation organization that trains volunteers to learn how to restore historic structures. Their crews focused on a number of building tasks on the exteriors of the cabins including stabilizing support piers, installing new roofs and copper flashing, repairing and replacing portions of siding, rehabilitating windows, repairing flooring and steps and was capped off with painting of the entire exteriors.
Alfred State College also participated on this unique collaboration between HistoriCorps and Allegany State Park. As HistoriCorps wrapped up their project work late last fall, park tradespersons went to work over the winter months on making some additional improvements to the cabin interiors. The pine paneling in each cabin was sandblasted using a special corn media in order to remove the old darkened finish, much of which had graffiti. Wood burning fireplace inserts were installed along with refinishing the fireplace mantles. Once that special process was completed, staff re-coated each cabin interior with clear finish. Kitchen areas of each cabin were also repainted and updated with new refrigerators and cook stoves. Finishing touches are just being completed, including installation of new roll-up shades for privacy and all floors are being painted.
This much needed work will ensure these historic cabins built in the 1930s are around for decades to come. Ryan Trail also has a newer bathroom facility. Ryan Cabin Trail is open for the season for rental May 16 on reserveamerica.com and will close for the winter months as usual for this three-season cabin trail.
Indian, Reed and Circle Cabin Trail Rehabilitation Update
Allegany State Park has just embarked on another comprehensive cabin rehab project, this time on the Quaker Run side of the park. A general building contractor started work in late April on Indian, Reed and Circle cabins with the focus on the outer building envelope. These historic cabins, many of which started their life as tent platforms decades ago, have evolved into the cabins that patrons still enjoy today. In order to keep these historic structures in service for years to come, cabins are receiving new structural supports along with new piers, replacing any siding necessary, new roofs, doorway improvements and porch and step repairs or replacement as needed.
A total of 11 cabins will be rehabilitated on these three cabin trails. This project is expected to be completed in July of this year.
This work is being done while park crews are performing their normal spring repairs and improvements to the many cabins in Red House and Quaker Run areas of the New York’s largest state park. Weekend camping is already very busy with outdoor enthusiasts. Peak season begins in the latter part of June when cabins go to weekly rental for the summer months.