Himself: He’s been having great days at work, afterwards, a walk then my hero cooked dinner.
Herself: Slept less. Hand elevated more. Finished all six Kludas volumes “Great Passenger Ships of The World.” Ate too much1 Many thanks to you all for keeping me in your thoughts.
The earliest homes in Jamestown were board and batten, but the following waves of German, Swiss, and Swedish immigrants brought log house techniques with them when they arrived. The early thatched roofs that worked well in England, grew dry and caught fire in the Virginia river country, so new roof techniques needed to be devised.
As the immigrants moved west, the Homestead Act of 1862 stated that the sides of a house must be at least 10 feet by 12 feet with at least one window. Often when the homebuilder could not get glass, they used oiled paper. These cabins could be erected in just a few days using basic tools and the material to hand, logs.
Imagine whole families, plus the hired help, plus a treasured animal or tw, all jammed together in a space the size of your living room. Dirt floors, few windows with glass, no running water, terrible weather, and only outside bathrooms to use in the middle of the nights. Sometimes there was death. Sometimes disease. Always there were problems to overcome. There were dreams though, and in the end the dreams usually carried these hard working pioneers through.
Log Cabin Architecture, History and Styles
A History of Log Cabins
Webshots: Log Cabins from 1787: 6 pages of photos
Living in a log home.
A Pioneer Log Home.