Log Cabin Day happens during the summer in late June. The day is meant to encourage us to step away from a world of computers, electric lighting, and even indoor plumbing to embrace and experience a simpler existence.
There are many historic log cabins in and around Pittsburgh where we live. Why not? After all, a log cabin only needs plenty of trees and an axe. If a frontiersman was lucky he might even have a froe, the tool used to make the shingles for the roof.
Most log cabins were simple affairs with just one room. The entire family would live in this house while setting up the farmstead. You’ll find that many log cabins have low ceilings. That is because it is difficult to hold large logs above your head but also because people were much shorter. We have better nutrition than they do, even with all the chemicals we eat.
We have a few original log cabins in Pittsburgh. It’s kind of fun seeing them still standing today amongst all the “newer” construction. I like to wonder what was life like for the people who built them.
These are the log cabins of Pittsburgh.
The Walker-Ewing Log House in Collier Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, was built around 1790.
The Fulton Log House in Upper St. Clair Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, was built circa 1830.
The Neill (Neal) Log House was constructed around 1765 by the Neill (Neal) family, who owned 262 acres in what is now Schenley Park.
These are just some of the log houses in and around Pittsburgh. These houses have survived harsh winters, flooding, and blistering summer heat. The fact that they are still standing lets us know just how well built they were.
You can build your own log house! This book has blueprints that lay out every step that goes into constructing a bank, barn, farmhouse, firehouse, frontier tower, multiple cabins, and much more out of Lincoln Logs. You can imagine what it was like to live in a log cabin by reading “Log Cabin Kitty“. As you follow Pepper through the village, you will learn about the dangers, challenges, and joys of pioneer life while exploring the homes of the families who once lived in these cabins.
How will you celebrate Log Cabin Day?