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Originally, a two-room log house with the rooms separated from each other by a few feet, and with both rooms and the space between (the dogtrot) covered by a single roof. Later, the same layout was occasionally used when building with milled lumber. The dogtrot design was common in the South during the last half of the nineteenth century, and occasionally, houses built that way could still be seen in the early twentieth century.
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The village houses artifacts and historical mementos from Williamson and Perry counties inside five historical structures: The Hunter Cabin, celebrating its own Bicentennial year 1818-2018; The Purdy School, a one-room structure dating to around 1860; The Harrison House (originally located in Herrin) dating to 1868; and the Harrison Store Front and Dog Trot
Cabin, dating to 1858.
"If you're headed afield, first let the dog trot
around on a long lead," advises Cook.
"These can include seeing the dog trot
off in an unexpected direction with its nose to the ground, an increase in the snorting sound that they often make, or seeing them suddenly stop and swivel their head around so they are stating right at a clump of cover.