Back in the early days of Homestead, the first cabin you would have come to as you strolled through the gate would have been Clark's Cabin, an unassuming dogtrot building built during the Great Depression by Jesse Brunson.
Homestead lore recalls that back in the olden days when Phil Parker was but a child, he used to play in an abandoned Clark’s Cabin with his brother Stan. It is the first cabin to be “brought home and set up” and was sentimental to Phil.
Unfortunately, Clark's Cabin was severely damaged during a 2003 tornado. It was an awful storm in which the Homestead lost several dozen large trees but thankfully the only cabin loss was Clark. The kitchen was salvaged.
Since that time the attached kitchen was damaged by another storm and these buildings are no longer standing.
The kitchen was a dandy and featured a Home Comfort cook stove, one of only six that were brought into Harrisburg by train and purchased by the Fair family. Right up until the building was destroyed,
the old stove was used to fry turkey for the Homestead Christmas party!