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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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Typical Log Cabin sketch by answers.com
Typical Log Cabin sketch by answers.com
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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.

Photo by www.answers.comFor more information on log cabin, visit www.Britannica.com.

Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin

http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log_cabin

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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Photo by wikipedia.org

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: www.fieldtrip.com/nj/94514802.htm

Photo by: www.bridgetonrenaissanceleague.org

375 years of Log History

Preserve America’s oldest log settlement by adopting a log

for only $25. 

Support the New Sweden Colonial Farmstead Museum & Living History Center here: www.newswedenfarmstead.org/nsf/Mission_Vision.html

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

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Photo by wikipedia.org

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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FYI

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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Photo credit by Wikipedia.org

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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Lincoln's boyhood home sketch by answers.com
Lincoln's boyhood home sketch by answers.com

Log Cabins of the World - Photos from the Wikipedia.com from the Wikimedia Commons

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Photo of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Bygdwww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrrAB0omRussian log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast  www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrreeCY1A timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk Architecturewww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrstwQRkPyrohiv, Ukraine.Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge, Pennsylvaniawww.answers.com/topic/valley-forgeSchorn Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New Jerseywww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrzIn4qeInside a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conner-prairie-log-cabin-interior.jpgBlack Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between 1933-1937.www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1ys2tNGPv
Photo of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Bygdwww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrrAB0om
Photo of the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Bygd www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrrAB0om
Russian log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast  www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrreeCY1
Russian log cabin: Izba in the village of Kulashino in Tver Oblast www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrreeCY1
A timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk Architecturewww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrstwQRkPyrohiv, Ukraine.
A timber-cutter's mountain log cabin at the Museum of Folk Architecture www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrstwQRkPyrohiv, Ukraine.
Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge, Pennsylvaniawww.answers.com/topic/valley-forge
Sample of a log cabin at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania www.answers.com/topic/valley-forge
Schorn Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New Jerseywww.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrzIn4qe
Schorn Log Cabin in New Sweden Park, Swedesboro, New Jersey www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1yrzIn4qe
Inside a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conner-prairie-log-cabin-interior.jpg
Inside a trappers log cabin at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo by Derek Jensen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conner-prairie-log-cabin-interior.jpg
Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between 1933-1937.www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1ys2tNGPv
Black Moshannon State Park, Pennsylvania log cabin was built by the CCC between 1933-1937. www.answers.com/topic/log-cabin#ixzz1ys2tNGPv

Historic Log Homes

McBride Log House - Oldest Log Residence

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Photo by wikipedia.org

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.

To see more photographs of the McBride house visit: http://www.answers.com/topic/184-38th-street

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

Photo by missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu
Photo by missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu

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 http://missourifolkloresociety.truman.edu/mocabins.html

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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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Photo by Super coloring.com

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!

K'NEX Frontier Farm Lincoln Logs
K'NEX Frontier Farm Lincoln Logs

Pieces 51

Recommended Age 3+

Includes handy carrying case

Made from real wood

 

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).

Information Cental

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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This week's challenge on my: Daily Favor Blog

"Log" in your answer. - History sure has had some interesting events. Did you see any of your family history here?

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @JoleneBelmain: Hope you get your log cabin one day.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Richard1988: They each have such great stories I wish I could have shared more. Glad you found it interesting.

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      JoleneBelmain 3 years ago

      I have always wanted to have a log cabin, they are just so gorgeous and natural. I never knew that there was a National Log Cabin Day, but now that I know (when I get my log cabin) I will have to celebrate it every year :D

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      Richard 3 years ago from Hampshire - England

      What a great lens - I hadn't ever thought there was so much history behind log cabins. I find some of the ones you posted about on here incredible!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Sylvestermouse: I'm with you Cynthia!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Log cabins are so cool! I don't think I would want to live it one exactly like the ones from centuries past, but I have always thought I would love to have a modern, air conditioned log cabin :)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Ibidii: Thanks. Linda was kind to share her photo with me. You can visit her here: http://hubpages.com/@littlelindapinda...

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      This is the best most comprehensive study on log cabins, Linda! I have added this page to my Early American History contributor page on FB. How neat you have the photo of your ancestors log cabin!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Faye Rutledge: They are interesting. My husband would like to live in one, but he has to work on me some to consider it.

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      Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

      There is a log cabin not far from us, that was built from a kit, about 40 years ago. We watched them build it. I love log cabins! Happy Log Cabin Day! :)

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I have never heard of this day! I am just pleased to read and learn from this cool lens. Thank you.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      I love log cabins and would love to have one. I didn't know that there was a day of celebration for cabins, but I'm glad that there is. Beautiful lens!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Maybe you could share some of your experiences here.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Spend quite a bit of time in log cabins. Thanks for the information.

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love log cabins. Thank you lovely lens.

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      jimporsche86 3 years ago

      I would have no problem living in a log cabin.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @steadytracker lm: Your welcome. Appreciate the visit.

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      steadytracker lm 3 years ago

      Log cabins are really neat. Thank you for sharing this lens.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Happy Log Cabin Day! I would love to live in one! Thanks for your visit and comment to my July 4th Party lens. :)

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      hi back again was out of likes yesterday, so did it today

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      A very nice lens I love to visit one, or have a holiday in it, thanks for sharing

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I learned a lot about log cabins.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      What a truly amazing lens, I love all of the information and the photos are beautiful.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We thought of having one before but ended up just renovating.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens! I did not know this was a holiday!

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for the history lesson. I didn't know so many presidents lived in log cabins!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative lens! Good Job!

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      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

      Interesting history lessons on log cabins. I've lived in one and doing so is different especially when remote.

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      uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

      Great topic. Interesting lens! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to have a log cabin in the woods. So rustic and very charming.

      What a cozy lens to return to with fresh angel dust. :)

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      I would love to live in a log cabin, even if it was just for an extended vacation.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      I'd love to have a modern day log cabin - lovely lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      I know absolutely nothing about log cabins, except for what I've seen in Westerns...so this was really fascinating. Seeing the log cabins with all their pioneering history, and thinking how ordinary people had to just build their own homes with what they had is an amazing thought. Thanks, I've really enjoyed this.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I'm here in northern NJ and live in a small cozy log cabin on a lake. It was built probably 60-70 years ago as a summer home in a community of summer homes. They have all since been converted to year round homes. Many cover over the logs with siding, but I just can't imagine doing that. Great page! blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      To me, Life seemed to be Much simpler back then. There weren't all of these Rules and Regulations on how to do things, what you could do and what you couldn't do. All everyone did was try to Survive and live off the Land, I would even dare say, people were more in-tune to what God wanted for them in there Lives, verses what someone else wanted like today!

      Log Cabins are Awesome and very Sturdy structures, not like the Sheds or Homes of today!

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      BuckHawkcenter 5 years ago

      I had no idea there was so much info on log cabins! What a great resource you have put together along with fun details.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for adding Lincoln Logs (my favorite) to this lens. What a fun day.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I wish I had a log cabin in the mountains. I'm sure many of my family in generations past stayed in them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I grew up in a community with many log homes and cabins built the old fashioned way before all the new technology and have always loved them but didn't know there was a National Log Cabin Day on June 26th but you sure did do it proud here and you leave us with a smile with your natural logger. Fun, full of information and history and just plain excellent!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I love log cabins. There's something so rustic and relaxing about them.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      My parents used to sell Log Cabin Kits and built a beautiful Log Home with Insulated Logs because it was in Wisconsin. Nice lens.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens - I love history and this 'hit the spot' (so to speak). I love the way you've presented all this great information and these wonderful resources, the quizzes are GREAT! (And so is that little beaver!). I've featured your lens on mine: https://hubpages.com/art/free-printable-2d-mountai... . Happy Log Cabin Day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens. A salute to the log.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      What a good lens. It definitely was informative. I had a lot of fun doing the polls & quizzes. Once again, my memory isn't very impressive.

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      coolmon2009 lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens on log cabins

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Very nice! You're very adept at making lenses!