EDISTO ISLAND — One of this area’s few remaining slave cabins here seemed certain to be lost to history.

The two-room wood-sided building, once one of dozens of similar cabins on Point of Pines plantation, had sufferered from decades of neglect, a pronounced lean and lots of rot.

The Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society had planned to relocate and restore the cabin as part of the island’s small museum, but it couldn’t find enough money to move it properly.

Just when things looked hopeless, the Smithsonian Institution came calling.

Earlier today, workers began carefully dismantling the cabin board by board, so it can be transported to Washington, D.C., where it will find new life inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.