REBUILDING A FAMILY LEGACY
It was there in 1888 rhat Carl Johnson arrived from “the old country. He is presumed to have built the cabin with the traditional steep roof and neatly dovetailed corners, which now overlooks Cundy’s Harbor and Dingle)’ Island.
“Carl Johnson was my great-grandfather, explains Greg Johnson. A trim, spectacled man in his sixties, Johnson looks relaxed in a pinstriped shirt and boat shoes on the cabins screened-in
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From their front porch, the owners have a view of an Island where many families spend the summer.
It’s a Swedish custom to put out a wheat sheaf in the winter for the birds to feed on. porch. “And my grandfather and father were born here, roo. Right over there,” he says, gesturing toward a log wall of what is now the living area, “That was the birthing room.”
Nearly a hundred years after the cabin’s construction, it fell into disrepair from sitting vacant for decades. So it was disassembled, the logs carefully marked, and their wooden peg fasteners put in potato barrels. Then the whole thing was stored in a barn. And there it sat.
Greg and his wife, Joy, returned to their home state after years of living around the world during Greg’s service as an admiral in the Navy. By this time, my mother had moved to [nearby] Brunswick, and we started visiting her. I hen this saltwater farm came up on the market. . Yes, they bought it. At their seaside farm, Greg and Joy keep forty chickens. He laughingly observes that the hobby “has not been a very good business model, but it is great fun and rewarding.”
Ten years later, the Johnsons graded a field by the farm’s inlet near the harbor for a plot on which to reconstruct the ancestral home.