Col. Charles Young cabin

The Young cabin before restoration work began in May 2014 after the Mason County Fiscal Court purchased the property.

On a farm in May’s Lick is located the log cabin birthplace of United States Army Col. Charles Young.

The cabin is estimated to have been built around 1800 and is currently undergoing restoration. The property was bought recently by the county in order to preserve the historic site.

Young was born in May's Lick in 1864 and later moved with his parents to Ripley, Ohio, where he attended Ripley High School.

At the entrance to the farm is a historic marker, recognizing the achievements of Young, who was the third African American to graduate from West Point in 1889. Young served as military attaché to Haiti from 1904 through 1907; fought in the Spanish-American War; served with Gen. Pershing on his Punitive Expedition to Mexico; served with the Ninth U. S. Cavalry, the famous Buffalo Soldiers. Young went on to serve as a foreign diplomatic in the Liberian Republic, where he died on Jan. 8, 1922; his remains were interred in Arlington Cemetery in June 1923.

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Young's legacy as a member of the United States Army continues to grow and has become the focus of a national movement to have him promoted posthumously to brigadier general.

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