History of Log Homes - Our Log Profiles
Here is a little history on log homes.
When the call came to go west with dreams of wealth and adventure, people moved. This was a push from the east to the west. The speed of this move, was the reason for the need to develop a home or at least a shelter that could be erected rapidly using only the materials that were readily available.
The Solution : a structure that has now become the fundamental American Folk Dwelling, "The Log Cabin"
The Log Cabin symbolizes unique American strengths, namely; Self-reliance, independence, practicality and ingenuity.
Presidents Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Log Cabins.
The arrival of the "Log Cabin" on American shores coincided with the first and last Swedish colony in America, New Sweden established at what is now known as Wilmington, DE. The "Log Cabin" took Old World ideas and adapted them to the fundamental American expression.
Log Cabin were also adapted by the American Indians. The cabins became popular where the American Indians faced less pressure, and where they used the European agricultural methods. A few of these cabins remain in parks and restored villages.
If given ample time, one man could fell and hew the trees, however, help was needed in raising the heavy logs for the sides of the cabin. Usually this was in the form of animals and neighbors. A log cabin raising, like the barn raising, was a special gathering that brought the settlers together. Men from surrounding farms arrived on the specified days with their families. Men erected the cabins, the children played and the women prepared the feasts for the end of the day, when the Log Cabin was often completed.
The settlers owned their own land and were free, both politically and economically. We in the 20th century envision them coming home at the end of the day to the comforting sounds of a crackling fire, the fragrances of roasting food and the sharing of stories and the latest news.