Storekeepers House

Cherokee Yellow Cabin

This building was originally the home of Samantha Bain Lucas, a Cherokee woman who participated in the 1889 Land Run on the Unassigned Lands in central Oklahoma. At the age of 23 years, she built this home on her claimed land. She raised two children supporting them as a rancher. Samantha died in 1941. Her granddaughter Marge Crumbaker arranged to move the simple home to Adams Corner Rural Village.

Heads of household often found it necessary to build a very modest shelter due to costs and time. If their fortunes increased, they would either build a larger second house, or add onto the existing one. Meanwhile, a family could survive comfortably in a small home. Pallets lain on the floor at night, or trundle beds slid under the main bed during the day increased bed space at night. The house attic, or loft, often became the night time abode of children, and provided storage space. Many activities occurred on the porch, so a one-room house often felt like it had more space. Furniture would be moved about as needed to accommodate various activities. Such a house required less fuel to heat. Many of our forebears were justifiably proud of their hard-won accomplishments, and few of us today would ably endure the hardships of the past. Most visitors admire Samantha’s Yellow House as a sensible and pretty abode exuding a strong and alluring charm.