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An authentic replica of an early Bermuda settlers' cabin was damaged during Hurricane Humberto.

The St David's Island Historical Society, which runs Carter House and Museum, is aiming to raise $4,000 to fix roof thatching, which fell victim to the storm last Wednesday.

Rick Spurling, the president of the society, said that the cabin, built using the traditional methods and materials used in 1612, survived four storms since it was built in 2012, but the severity and direction of Humberto took its toll.

He told The Royal Gazette: “All the south side of the thatch has gone, but the structure is still sound.

“It took a beating. We knew the thatch was old and we were going to replace it, but now it is absolutely necessary and we would like to do it by November in time for the Carter House Family Christmas Party.”

Mr Spurling said the wind came straight at the house because the hurricane came from the southwest.

He added: “There are 800 palmetto leaves up there and about a third of them came down.”

Funds raised will go towards labour, materials and a truck. The storm also damaged endemic trees, plants and flowers at the St David's site.

Mr Spurling said that the structure, built predominantly by master builder Larry Mills and known by its old English name “settlers' cabben”, had originally been intended as a temporary structure.

He said: “When we first built it, we didn't expect it to last — we thought it would crash down in short order in the first storm.

“We will rebuild it the same way, so hopefully it will stand for another eight years.”

Carter House is an original St David's farmhouse dating from about 1700.

Mr Spurling added: “I have created a new exhibition in the Carter House museum of the refugees from the settlers' cabben who had to move into Carter House because they had nowhere else to go. I have set them up in there with a wheelbarrow doing various tasks.”

Anyone wishing to donate funds to the restoration can e-mail

Startling aftermath: the historical Carter House replica after Hurricane Humberto had damaged it on Thursday

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Published September 25, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated September 25, 2019 at 8:31 am)

Carter House replica damaged by hurricane

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