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National Log Cabin Day

Updated on August 18, 2014

A Lesson on Log Homes

June 26th is National Log Cabin Day in America, so today we're going to find out some more about log cabins.

You don't have to be born in America to know what a log cabin home is or to celebrate this day. People from all over the world had log cabins with all sorts of designs. Some were small with only a single window, while others were a bit more fancy and used only as summer homes or hunting cabins.

Because log cabins have remained a favorite among all people, it is a day that is celebrated with fond memories that make it fun for anyone to enjoy. Let's begin our lesson about these homes and see what we can do to celebrate Log Cabin Day in our own area.

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Early American Settlement Log Homes

Diagram of a Log Cabin Structure

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Log Homes of the Past

What makes it a log cabin? Basically all homes for the most part are made of some type of wood. What makes log homes different is the way they are built.

A log cabin built hundreds of years ago was a type of house that was made with just the simplest of building materials without any nails. The house usually had one big room where everyone slept, a few windows, maybe a loft and a chimney, but as years went by they divided the rooms into smaller ones.

The house is made of trees that are cut into a specific length and laid on top of each other. To hold the logs together the builder cuts out notches on the ends of each log. He puts mud in the open spaces to seal the house of any cold air or drafts. They might use a type of mortar they mix from mud and manure. When it dries it becomes hard like cement and holds the logs in place. Over time they have to keep adding to it because they mortar dies and cracks causing some of it to fall out. We will watch some videos to show how this is done so you will better understand what it's like to build a real log cabin.

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Log Cabins in Our History

Do you know where the original log cabins actually began? According to records, they were first built in Sweden and were named after the man who designed a simple home for his family when they immigrated to America in the Delaware Valley area. That's a place near where I grew up and where a lot of history of America took place. Early log homes were also used to keep prisoners during wartime.

Here are some examples of what those homes of the early 1600 - 1800's may have looked like.

25 miles from my home

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Oldest Known Settlement in America

Began in log cabin homes.

When the Swedes first came to America they came to the Delaware Valley in 1638 and settled in parts of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. It was known as New Sweden.

Eventually some of these new travelers ended up establishing a settlement they called Swedesboro in New Jersey. It was a place that wasn't far from my home about 25 miles. It was near Paulsboro and on the waterfront.

Swedesboro has the oldest known settlement in America where an original log home still stands. It is a two story log home somewhat different than the ones we are used to seeing.

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As America grew so did the logging business. Log structures branched out from just a home to businesses, train stations, churches, schools and govenrment buildings. Just about every building that went up was a type of log home.

Wedding of Royals King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

Wedding of Royals King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
Wedding of Royals King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden

The King and Queen of Sweden

once visited the Swedish settlement village at the Bridgeton Zoo in Bridgeton, NJ

In 2013 the village will celebrate its 375th birthday. Do you think the Royals will make another visit?

The New Sweden Farmstead Museum in Bridgeton NJ
The New Sweden Farmstead Museum in Bridgeton NJ

Presenting their Royal Majesties

Log cabins in my own "backyard" town

What a treat for us when our own little city Bridgeton was honored by the visit of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia. It was on April 14th, 1988 when historical South Jersey opened its Farmstead Museum celebrating the anniversary of New Sweden's American Colony.

I taught in Bridgeton near the zoo; not even 5 minutes away. It was a place my students and I enjoyed. Certainly a great place to make history come alive for all of us. Inside the Swedish village you will see replicas of log buildings that include a blacksmith shop, country store, wheat barn, a small family log home and more. Some of the buildings even have authentic pieces of the 17th century.

GREAT NEWS TEACHERS and families alike. The Bridgeton Zoo is the VERY first zoo in America and it is FREE to the public, so it's a great place to visit without breaking the budget.  It is one of the last free zoos in America. Schools often include this field trip in their lessons for history, social studies and science including the zoo area.

There is a picnic area outside the zoo entrance and plenty of room for parking. If you are ever in southern Jersey, this is definitely a very exciting trip and worth seeing.

Side note:  I’m sorry to say that the buildings are not handicapped accessible, but the rest of the village and zoo are. For more information see:

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375 years of Log History

Preserve America’s oldest log settlement by adopting a log

for only $25. 

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Nothnagle Log House - the Oldest Settlement House in South Jersey - A stone's throw from where I lived.

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This was the place I was referring to in South Jersey right down the road from where my husband worked on Swedesboro-Paulsboro Road in Gibbstown, New Jersey. The Nothnagle Log House is located near where some of my family lives now.

It is said to have been built in 1638 and is most likely the oldest known log home "structure" in America. It is not the typical log home the way we think of them is it?

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Poll: First Log Homes

Did you know that the first log homes did not orginate in the United States, but Sweden?

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Did you that the most log homes in the world that still are in existence today can be found in Medford Lakes, New Jersey. 

It is figured that there are 150 homes per 1,500 that are log cabins.

From Cabin to Capital

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Who was the first American president to live in a log home?

If you think it was President Lincoln, you'd be wrong.

You might want to think this one out some. If the log home was in America during the 1600's it would make sense that President Lincoln was not the first leader to live in this type of home.

Back in 1839 a man named William Henry Harrison was part of the Whig Democratic Party. He was running for president at that time, and was criticized due to the fact that he lived in a log cabin. Teasing or not, Harrison went on to win becoming affectionately known as the "log cabin" president.

The list of presidents that grew up in log homes or just lived in them later on in their lives kept growing. However, only seven are listed to have been actually born in a log cabin.

Here are a few presidents who once lived in log cabins: Jackson, Polk, Buchanan, Fillmore, Johnson, Garfield, Roosevelt and of course - Lincoln who came between Fillmore and Johnson. So maybe if you live in a log home you might have a chance at becoming president one day too. You never know.

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Log Cabins of the World - Photos from the from the Wikimedia Commons

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Photo of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk, Ukraine.Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge, Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between
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Photo of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Bygd
Russian log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast
Russian log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast
A timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk, Ukraine.
A timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk Architecture, Ukraine.
Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge,
Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Schorn Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New
Schorn Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New Jersey
Inside a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen
Inside a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen
Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between
Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between 1933-1937.

Historic Log Homes

McBride Log House - Oldest Log Residence

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The McBride Log House somewhere near Pittsburg Pennsylvania was supposed to have been built around the late 1820s and was the oldest log residence in the United State. It was still being occupied up until July of 2011 when they tore it down.

This old house recently sold for $43,000 in 2011. The original property was sold for only $250. It was a two story house approximately 3,700 square feet with 12 rooms in it.

In 2004 the house caught fire and that was when the original logs were exposed dating it back to the 1800's and making it of historical value. There were attempts to raise money to preserve the building, but estimates showed it would take more than $250,000 to repair and the funds couldn't be raised. The new owner couldn't keep up with the existing deterioration of the house and had it torn down, saving the logs in hopes it could be reassembled at a different location.

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Missouri Log Home of the James Family - Frank and Jesse James

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Somewhere around Kearney, Missouri lived the James family. This is only a part of the real log cabin of the famous Frank and Jesse James. It was discovered when the siding was removed and exposed the original structure.

Learn more about Missouri authentic log homes and schools at

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Log Furniture

What log cabin experience would be authentic without a real log chair? Can you picture how it was in early America where the entire family sat outside around a campfire and sang the old folk songs and spirituals?

Lakeland Mills CFU139 Cedar Log Glider Natural
Lakeland Mills CFU139 Cedar Log Glider Natural
Make the most of your outdoor living with this curved seat glider. Made of insect and weather resistant white cedar Made from a renewable resource and byproduct of the log home industry. Assembly required. Made in the USA

Community Activites for National Log Cabin Day

Sing about Your Log Cabin Days - Old & original log cabin songs. Want to sing along?

The little log cabin was a place where memories were made. So why not write a song and sing about it like these people did.

Uncle John Scruggs from early America around the late 1920s. A must see.

Little Log Old Log Cabin in the Lane

Portner Wagoner sings An Old Cabin

Smiley Bates sings An Old Cabin

Log Cabin Dreams sung by Patty Judd

Little Log Cabin by the Sea by the Carter Family

Little Log Cabin in the Rain by the Boxcars

Log Cabin in the Snow coloring page

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Look what you can do with Lincoln Logs

Guinness World Record - Largest Ever Lincoln Logs Structure

K'NEX Frontier Farm Lincoln Logs

Like all authentic Lincoln Logs building sets, this set contains the handsomely created real wood logs you expect, and fun play accessories. This handy carry case has everything you need for hours of frontier farm building!

Log Cabin Playhouses - Click on any photo or description for details.

You can pretend what it would be like to live in a log cabin in your play log cabin. Imagine all the fun you could have pretending you were living in the olden days.Spend quality time with the family when building these projects together. Excellent learning tools in following directions, communication and social skills when building with others.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

How to Draw a Log Cabin or Even Bake A Log Home!

What other things can you do together to celebrate Log Cabin Day? Learn how to draw a log cabin or even make a Gingerbread House Log Cabin (so cool).

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Poll: What will you do to celebrate?

What activiity would you most like to do to celebrate Natonal Log Cabin Day?

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Little Linda Pinda's Parents Log Cabin
Little Linda Pinda's Parents Log Cabin


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