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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Log Cabin Day

National Log Cabin Day is always the last Sunday in June. Some organizations may celebrate the holiday on June 25th. This year since the last sunday in June falls on the 26th the whole weekend may be celebrated. The holiday was created by the Log Cabin Society founded by Vigrinia Handy. The Bad Axe Historical Soiciety in Michigan created the annual Log Cabin Day on June 25th 1986.

The Besser Museum Log Cabin Day in Michigan host an annual event on the last Sunday in June. They offer old fashioned family activities and places a spotlight on their two log cabins. The holiday is one that promotes taking care of the history and legacy of the log cabins. It is also a great time to place awareness and educatioin of life during the era in America when log cabns were common.

Log home owners also spend the day at their cabins celebrating by hosting feast. Many in our area build and live in their own modern day log cabin others choose to rent one at a state park. Log cabin living can be a simplicity and a great way to celebrate Log Cabin day.

A log cabin is a small house built from logs. A simple home possibly a one and one half story structure. These homes were often less finished as well as less sophisticated. Normally created from round rather than hewn or hand worked logs erected quickly for frontier shelter. Created by stacking tree trunks one on top of another overlapping the logs at the corners. The interlocking corners were created by notching the logs at the ends, resulting in a strong structure that was weather tight. Moss or soft material was also stuffed into the joings.

The early pioneers often lived in log cabins. It allowed them to settle far north even into the mountains. The log cabins would protect them from extreme weather conditions. The first cabin constructed in the U.S. was in 1638. The early English settlers did not use the log cabins but settlers from other countries adopted the log cabin method easily. There are few log cabins dating from the 18th century that still stand. Log cabins were the first homes of settlers while permanent dwellings were constructed. The cabins then were used for outbuildings, chicken coops, or animal shelters.

Today log cabins have become more sophisticated just take a look


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