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Delaware Log Home Info
Swedish settlers built log cabins here when they first came to Delaware in 1638. Since then, much has changed but our love affair with log homes and cabins has not waned.
Although it is our second smallest state in land mass, Delaware has an active log home market for both sales and custom log and timber frame building. A number of major manufacturers have dealers and model homes in Delaware.
Delaware’s state motto is “Liberty and Independence”. This is appropriate since Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution.
Florida Log Home & Log Cabins
Log cabins have a historical significance in Florida where the Seminole Indians that lived in North Florida are known to have constructed log cabin-type homes. Some of these cabins had two stories with their sleeping quarters on the second level.
Many people associate log homes and cabins with mountain states like Colorado or Vermont, but southern states like Florida (and Texas) have huge log building activity and log homes are very popular. You will find that maintenance requirements for log homes in these southern climates are vastly different than what is called for in other parts of the country.
The Florida state motto is the same that we find on U.S. currency, “In God We Trust“.
Log cabins in Hawaii?
As near as we could discover, log homes are relatively new to Hawaii in that their history doesn’t mention early settlers building log cabins. However, the appeal of building with heavy timbers is strong today and Hawaii has quite a bit of log home building activity.
The Hawaii state motto – “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono”, which means “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”
Log Cabins in Iowa’s history
Iowa has a rich history in which log cabins played an important part. The Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin is one of the sites of the 1857 “Spirit Lake Massacre” and later as one of Iowa’s first tourist attraction, the Gardner Cabin survives as a reminder of one of Iowa’s tragic frontier events. The Marshall County log cabin was believed to have been built in 1856. Also see First Log Cabin at Fort Des Moines.
The Iowa state motto is “Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain”.
Idaho Log Cabins & Log Homes
Idaho has become one of the primary hubs of log home manufacturers in the USA. A number of America’s largest log home companies are based in Idaho. Additionally, Idaho has a rich history of early log homes, many preserved and available for tours.
This Idaho state motto, “Esto Perpetua” is Latin for “It is Perpetual”.
Illinois Log Cabin History
Possibly the most famous log cabin in history is the one associated with President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site in Illinois preserves the cabin on the farm of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, parents of our 16th president.
Another Log Cabin is adjacent to the Bethalto Historical Museum. A fire at a local home in 1998 revealed a perfectly preserved log cabin within the structure. You can tour this cabin on Saturdays or by appointment.
Indiana Log Cabin Facts
Indiana log cabin and log home companies The Wayne County Historical Museum located in Richmond has exhibits that include two log cabins of local origin. Logan Cabin in old Fairfield, Indiana. Built by Captain William Logan of the Revolutionary War ca 1809. In the 1960’s the Corps of Engineers built Brookville Lake. Fairfield was the only town in the Whitewater River Valley so this cabin no longer exists.
The Indiana state motto, The Crossroads of America.
Kentucky Log Home & Log Cabin Facts
In 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved in Sinking Spring Farm and on February 12, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin. Today, a cabin, symbolic of the one in which Lincoln was born, is a memorial at the site. More about this here…
Kentucky’s official state motto is “United we stand, divided we fall”
Louisiana log cabin info
Log cabins played a significant part in Louisiana’s history; from early settlers homes to slave quarters, many log cabins are still standing and available to tour. The National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places invite you to Explore the History and Culture of Southeastern Louisiana, featuring historic places along the Mississippi River and surrounding lakes. This itinerary focuses on the variety of buildings and landscapes from elaborate plantation houses and beautiful landscapes gardens, to piney wood log cabins, slave cabins, Civil War sites, industrial sites and major political monuments.
The state motto is “Union, Justice, Confidence“.
Maryland’s log cabin heritage
Maryland has a rich history where the log cabin played a part. As one example, the Thomas Isaac Log cabin was believed to have been built circa 1780 by an early Ellicott’s Mills settler. The log house was unknown in America until the Swedish and Finnish peoples settled in Delaware and Maryland in 1638. Horizontal log houses were traditional in Scandinavia and were well suited to the new, heavily-timbered American landscape. Read more here…
The Maryland state motto is “Fatti maschii parole femine,” loosely translated “manly deeds, womanly words,” but more accurately translated as “strong deeds, gentle words.”
Maine Log Cabins
The first white settlers in Lewiston, Maine, were Paul Hildreth and his family in 1770. They built a log cabin a short distance below the falls near the location of the Continental Mill. Other Maine settlers followed and art too numerous to include here, but Google search “Maine log cabin history” and you will be rewarded with a plethora of results.
The state motto of Maine is most likely the shortest motto of all states, it is “Dirigo” (Latin for “I Direct”).
Minnesota log cabin info
In Cold Spring, MN an log cabin belonging to the former Joe Kuebelbeck farm was dismantled, log by log, and moved to Cold Spring’s Pioneer Park, where it was re-assembled exactly as it was. Finland, Minnesota is a small community of Finnish descent and was carved out of the rugged wilderness in the 1890’s. Some of the original log cabins still stand. Peter Quinn was the first white man to settle as a farmer in Bloomington, MN in 1843, and was appointed by the government to teach Indians how to farm. His log cabin was built on the Minnesota River Bluffs, about where Elliot Avenue, if extended, would intersect the bluffs. His fields were to the north. The point where his cabin stood is called Quinn Point.
The Minnesota state motto is a French phrase “L’Etoile du nord” (The Star of the North)
Missouri log cabin trivia
The Show Me State’s motto is, “Salus populi suprema lex esto ” (The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law)
Log home and log cabin info
In this part of the country log cabins in are often built from cypress trees, which is a very good wood suited for high humidity areas and it will last virtually forever.
The state motto of Mississippi is “By Valor and Arms” (Virtute et Armis in Latin).
North Dakota log cabin info
North Dakota may have one of the smallest population counts, but the log home business flourishes in the Dakota territory.
The North Dakota state motto, “Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable“.
Log cabins are part of their history. The central part of the state is dotted with the pioneer’s legacy. Historical villages, preserved log cabins, and lots of museums and local events.
The official state motto is “Equality before the law.”
Early settlers of New Hampshire created log cabins because they could be built quickly and maintained easily. Log cabins and other log structures (barns, etc.) were built using round logs stacked in horizontal tiers. The gaps between the logs were filled in with a mixture of clay and other materials.
State Motto is, “Live Free or Die”
New Mexico log homes and log cabins
Log cabins have been part of New Mexico’s heritage and one example is the city of Las Cruces Log Cabin Museum. The cabin was built of hand-hewn logs chinked with a mixture of clay, mud, ash and sawdust. The craftsman builder followed a German style pegged and notched construction method. Read more…
New Mexico’s state motto is the Latin phrase “Crescit eundo,” which means “It grows as it goes”
New York Log Home Facts
New York log cabin, log home and timber frame companies Log homes (or cabins) have been a part of New York’s history for hundreds of years. In the town of Lansing, NY there stands a cabin called the “North Log Cabin”, which was named for the family that built this home in 1791. Built by Thomas North in what is now the Town of Lansing, New York, the building has served as a home, a school, and a museum . The North family played a significant part in the early American History. His family moved to Michigan around 1836 and named the new settlement Lansing after their home in New York. And now you know how the town of Lansing Michigan got its name. Learn more about this historical Log Cabin in New York here.
New York’s state motto is simply “Excelsior” (Ever Upward).
Nevada log cabins
From early settlers to mining boom towns, log cabins played a significant part in Nevada’s history.
The Nevada state motto is, “All For Our Country”
Ohio log cabins
From early settlers to farming towns, log cabins played a significant part in Ohio’s history. Ohio Log Homes today are very popular and many log home companies call Ohio home.
The Ohio state motto, With God, All Things Are Possible
Oklahoma log cabins
Oklahoma’s history can be read through log cabins left by settlers of early statehood days. In El Reno one can see the log cabin used by the Civil War hero, General Phil Sheridan, read more here… Or, see a log cabin preserved by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The official state motto of Oklahoma is “Labor omnia vincit” (“Labor conquers all things”)
Oregon log cabins
Oregon’s history is told through studying their log cabins of old, and a few include: The Log Cabin Museum of the Lincoln County Historical Society has a museum to tell the history of the county and display the artifacts collected by the Society. Also see a Log Cabin near Bingham Springs preserved by the Oregon Historical Society.
The “Beaver State’s” motto is “Alis volat propriis” (Latin – She flies with her own wings).
Pennsylvania wooden cabins
Pennsylvania’s history is ripe with log cabin lore. Begin with a look at the log cabin and log houses and the myths about the cabin. Bedford County living history museum and Native American settlement helps visitors experience what pioneer life was like by touring the log cabins and exhibits.
The ‘Keystone State” motto is ‘Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”
South Carolina log homes
South Carolina has a history rich with tales of settlers who made their homes in log cabins while they farmed the rich soil. One great example, South Carolina has a history rich with tales of settlers who made their homes in log cabins while they farmed the rich soil. Learn more about the Templeton-Drake log cabin in Donalds, SC.
South Carolina has two motto, (1) Dum Spiro Spero, meaning ‘While I Breath I Hope” and (2) ‘Animis Opibusque Parati” meaning ‘Ready in Soul and Resource”
South Dakota wooden cabins
South Dakota log cabins are part of their history and some cabins are still standing across the state. You can visit the log cabin that was home to Badger Clark, South Dakota?s first poet laureate. Or see Camp Custer Log Cabins are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.
Mount Rushmore State Motto is, ‘Under God the people rule”
Tennessee timber cabins
Tennessee log cabins played a serious role in establishing the society that has come to be known for its country music scene. Learn about historic Tennessee and discover the history of Tennessee people and their log cabins. One of the premiere historical locations in Middle Tennessee, the Buchanan Log House.
The Volunteer State motto is, ‘Agriculture and Commerce”
Texas log homes
Some great places to learn more about Texas log cabins, see the Log Cabin Village is a living history museum owned and operated by the City of Fort Worth. The Village is devoted to the preservation of Texas heritage.
The state motto of Texas is simply ‘friendship.”
Utah log homes and garden cabins
Log cabins are a common sight in Utah and a significant part of the history. There’s a video which gives a great overview of Utah’s log cabins.
The state motto of Utah is simply ‘Industry.”
Virginia timber homes and cabins
Old and new log cabins are a common sight in Virginia and an important part of the state’s history. The video below shows the kind of old log cabins that dot the southern part of the USA.
The state motto of Virginia is ‘Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Latin for ‘Thus Always to Tyrants’).
Vermont log homes & cabins
Vermont has many examples of practical log cabins still standing and restored. Early settlers built log cabins as trapper cabins and family cabins where farming was the most important source of revenue and food.
The state motto of Vermont is ‘Freedom and Unity’
Washington log homes
Washington’s rich history includes early settlers that carved a home out of the wilderness and built log cabins.
The Washington State Motto. The state motto is Al-ki or Alki, a Chinook Indian word meaning ‘bye and bye’ or ‘hope for the future.’
Wisconsin wooden cabins
Be sure to see the Galloway House and Village Gardens with a gazebo, a carriage house and a log cabin surround the restored 30-room Victorian Mansion. The village contains a school, a church, and many shops. Heritage Hill State Park is a complex of furnished historical buildings is grouped in four theme areas. Historic homes included are the 1762 fur trader’s cabin, 1776 Tank Cottage, 1842 Beupre Place, and a Belgian farmhouse.
Wisconsin’s state motto is ‘Forward’
West Virginia log homes
The West Virginia countryside is dotted with log cabins new and old. Some of these early cabins have seen generations of families that have worked the fields or in their infamous coal mines.
‘Montani Semper Liberi’ (Official) The West Virginia state motto is a Latin motto and in English it means ‘Mountaineers Are Always Free’.
Wyoming garden cabins
Wyoming’s log cabins are old, new and in-between. Such as the Log Cabin Motel in Pinedale, Wyoming, which was built in 1929 to serve growing numbers of visitors bound for Yellowstone National Park.
The Wyoming state motto, Equal Rights
These tips were on The Log Cabin Directory and was great help for their visitors.