Joseph Staker Cabin (Tinsmith Shop)


  • Built in Prattsville, Utah 1873
  • Relocated in 1996

Joseph Smith Staker and his wife, Sarah Brown, built this cabin in 1873 in Prattsville, four miles east of Richfield. Its foundation was lava rock, with a large flat piece used for the front step. The logs were carefully hand-notched so they could be locked together. The Stakers lived in this one-room cabin, where six of their eleven children were born, from 1873 until 1885.

The tinsmith played an important role in the settlement of the West. Until the advent of tin wares a housewife's choice for household goods consisted mostly of wood and pottery. With just a few simple tools and a small workspace, the tinsmith made everything from tin cups to squirrel cages.