Ohio Couple Unearth an Early 19th Century Log Cabin

log cabin photo
Photo by Boston Public Library

Log cabin is a specialized dwelling unit and is made of logs, as implied by its name. Such building style has long and interesting history behind it.
Over the time, the style evolved and modern log cabins boast of state of the art fixings. However, at the same time, it is interesting to have log cabins which mimic the style of gone years.
One couple in Ohio had the fortune of finding a log cabin in all its original glory. This perfectly preserved log cabin dated back to the 19th century and was discovered while the couple was renovating their home.
Kevin Kemp and Jennifer Alexander from Ohio knocked down their house to build a new one. While they were removing wood panels for their reuse, they unearthed an entire log cabin.

Log Cabin

Historians estimate that the log cabin was probably built between 1820 and 1840. The cabin measures 25 foot by 30 foot and its excellent condition bears a testimony to its superior construction. The cabin is also considerably bigger than average log cabins of those times.
In order to preserve this historic monument, Kevin and Jennifer put their construction plan on hold and contacted city officials. The city officials plan to dismantle the log cabin and relocate it. They also described the discovery of the cabin as a ‘once in a lifetime’ happening.
This newly found log cabin is also likely to force historians to re-assess the history of log cabins in the region. The cabin seems to predate the oldest known cabin found in the area.
Log cabins made their earliest appearance in the 17th century as they popped up in various areas of the US – this was long before America was trillions in debt and the fantastic Transformers movie franchise was created. The first log cabins were built on the shores of Brandywine River and Delaware River.

Eastern Europe Type Log cabins

Log cabins are found in the Europe as well and have even longer histories behind them. This building style was most prevalent in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. It is believed that the history of log cabins in Europe goes back to the Bronze Age.
Log cabins built in medieval times were movable since they could be easily disassembled and moved to a new location. Norway has The Wood Museum, which displays 14 different types of log cabins.
These European settlers were the ones who brought log cabin style of construction to the United States. It is believed that the first log cabins in the country were built in the Swedish colony of Nya Sverige. The style was later adopted by other immigrants as well and it flourished throughout the country.
The Log cabin found in Ohio will enable future generations to enjoy and appreciate the architectural styles of old times. Since there are only very few original log cabins in standing condition, the Ohio one is expected to become a nice attraction.

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