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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:55 pm

ATLANTIC — A Down East cottage that has stayed in the same family line for several generations is now the subject of Blog Cabin, a DIY Network television show that will air this summer.

The premise of the show is that viewers can log onto, and help the remodeling process by voting for their favorite options. Individuals can also enter to win the vacation home on the website, and in the end, one lucky winner will own the renovated cottage located in Carteret County.

Jay Bumpus provided the history of the house before its Blog Cabin takeover, a narrative that can also be found on the website.

The website says that the cedar shake, tongue-and-groove cottage is on three acres by Core Sound.  The property was originally owned by Uriah Robinson and was sold by two of his sons, Mason and Uriah, to their brother John Bryan Robinson in 1892. The selling price at the time was just $50.

The historical account says that John, a fisherman, married Beulah Benton Styron, from Stacy, and the pair moved into the property. When they had seven children, they expanded the house, by building up and out to accommodate the need. As the family grew in size, so did the house.

The Robinsons were like many families from the area who lived off the land and the water. A potato house, an outhouse, a chicken shed and an oyster shed were also added to the property over the years.

The account says, “The home’s original drive was rerouted from the water’s edge to the front of the property and paved with three to four feet of oyster shells.” Later on, a community garden would join the waterfront property.

After Mrs. Robinson died, her daughter Fannie lived in the homestead with her brother William.  During this time, a first-floor bedroom and a full-sized kitchen were added to the ever-growing house.

The house was left in a will to Mrs. Robinson’s daughter, Nadine. She would then pass it along to her daughter, Evelyn Clyde Harris, the late wife of Mr. Bumpus.

Scripps Networks LLC purchased the home in May 2012 from Mr. Bumpus for $500,000, according to county tax records. The company announced in October that one of its TV networks would completely remodel the home to give away.

At the time, it was said that production schedule would run through May.

Area contractors and interior designers have been working on the house for the past few months, and the filming is slated to start in April. Blog Cabin will air at an undisclosed date and time this summer.

 Repeated attempts to gain additional information about the project have been unsuccessful, due to tight restrictions on information and comments released by the television network and hired workers.

Emily Guthrie, of Guthrie Interiors in Morehead City, is in charge of the interior design of the Blog Cabin. “We love working with them (the staff). It is a lot of fun and a lot of creativity,” she said. “They are great people to work with.”

Contact Anna Harvey at 252-726-7081, ext. 227; email; or follow on Twitter @annaccnt.

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  • dingbatter posted at 10:01 pm on Wed, Feb 27, 2013.

    dingbatter Posts: 50

    what a great opportunity to show the style and construction of this grand ole' place...

  • pirate on board posted at 8:20 pm on Mon, Feb 25, 2013.

    pirate on board Posts: 9

    How do you go about winning this house


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