10 Interesting Facts About Log Cabins

Log cabins were historically built from logs and then laid and interlocked at the ends using notches called cog joints. Some country log cabins were simply just nailed together but didn’t provide the stability needed to be structurally sound. A country log cabin is a symbol of humble beginnings for settlers, and since has been an icon of mountain or backwoods living.

Western-styled country log cabin homes are beautifully built, and represent nature with trees, whitetail deer, bears, elk, and a country girl’s favorite pastime, fishing. Below are ten facts about the pioneer and mansion style log cabins, along with a little bit of history regarding their origins:


An essential in every log cabin is a fireplace, especially in the winter months. Western style log homes with beautiful stone fireplaces are the epitome of log cabins. Snuggling up to your sweetheart in front of a warm and cozy fireplace is a dream of every country gal.


This fine-looking Norwegian style country cabin may have been considered “movable property” back in the day. These comfy downhome cabins were once constructed to be disassembled to relocate if needed.


The construction of country log cabins became prevalent for pioneers who settled in the mountainous areas of the U.S. Today the breathtaking country mansions are synonymous with backwoods living at its finest.


Modernized log cabins of today still offer the country-style master bedroom of any girl’s dreams, which appears to be simple in construction, but these rooms are nothing short of a work-of-art.


Settlers were believed to have built log cabins in the early 1600s in North America. Historians consider the first of these country log cabins were built in Nya Sverige, a Swedish colony near the Delaware River.


A lot of country log cabins are constructed using chinking – material placed in-between each log to prevent gaps between logs and seal the house. However, hut-style log cabins did not appear to use the chinking technique.


Log cabins need landscape to compliment their natural wood construction. Green shrubberies with river-stone pebbling seem to go well with a log cabin’s nature-style setting.


This log cabin, nestled in the mountainside of some country town in Pennsylvania, uses the chinking technique which is used to seal the wood logs together and help to insulate this country cabin.


Not much could be as pretty as a country log cabin decorated for Christmastime. These beautifully constructed country-gal mansions, with stained natural wood logs and the reds and greens of Christmas, make you want a cup of hot apple cider and a lit-up Christmas tree.


Simply-built log cabins, or the smaller ones you might see on the roadside, are still a thing of beauty. These handcrafted log cabins are a sample of the rich-history of the American settlers.

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