Replica log cabin built in memory of the father of bluegrass music

Photo Credit: Bluegrass Today
Photo Credit: Bluegrass Today

The son of Bill Monroe, known as the "Father of Bluegrass Music," has built a replica log cabin on a piece of land once owned by his great uncle.

It was opened to the public on Thursday.

Neil Rosenberg has been on vacation in the United States for the last couple of days.

On Thursday, he drove all the way from Nashville to see the grand opening of the Uncle Pen Cabin in Rosine.

The building is a replica of the cabin that belonged to Bill Monroe's uncle, James Pendleton Vandivir.

"Well, I came here because of my long time connection with Bill Monroe," says Rosenberg.

Rosenberg says he once worked for Bill Monroe for one season as a manager of a country music park in Bean Blossom, IN.

"He would come up to Bean Blossom and not have a banjo player and I would be the banjo player, so I got to play some of my favorite music with him, you know, songs like Uncle Pen," says Rosenberg.

James Monroe bought the land in 1973 for his dad's birthday present.

Monroe says his father learned his early music on this land that would later become the foundation of bluegrass music.

"This land means a lot to us because Uncle Pen lived here and passed away here in 1932 and my dad lived here until he was 18," says Monroe.

Monroe says the original cabin fell apart over the years.

The new replica has 1820 logs originally built around the fire place.

Monroe also says the cabin will be used as a small museum starting in the summer.

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