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Carl and his wife, Connie, live in Carl's boyhood home in Cape Girardeau -- a restored log cabin built in 1795 on South Silver Springs Road. The retired couple lived in Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and back to Texas before moving back to Cape Girardeau to restore the home.
The two-story cabin, dubbed the Armstrong-Ramsey House, was built by Andrew Ramsey, who lived there with his wife, 10 children and a number of slaves. The cabin was expanded over the years to include wings on the back and south side of the house. It once sat on nearly 1,100 acres, extending to the Mississippi River. The farm is smaller today, but still holds plenty of farm and garden space, a carport/pavilion built from the remains of a collapsed barn and a pond for Carl's pet ducks.
From the outside, the house appears like any other house, except for two north windows that reveal the original logs of the cabin. Stepping into the front door and living room, however, it's clear from surrounding walls that the house is actually a centuries-old log cabin.
"We're resting right now," says Carl when asked if he has any other plans for the house.
"There's always stuff to do that you didn't get done," Connie adds. More draperies and additions to the garden are on her to-do list, and she loves cooking for her 14 grandchildren.
Carl, meanwhile, has kept busy writing a book, "The Articles of Configuration: The Genesis Project -- What Happened Before Genesis Began?" It was published in 2010.
"I'm all revved up, and I've got to keep doing something, or else I'm going to fade away," says Carl. "This place, the book -- it's all kept me busy and occupied.
Learn more about the Armstrong-Ramsey House at www.1795logcabin.com.
For information about Carl Armstrong's book, visit www.alphaancientomega.com.