Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Presidents and Log Cabins - from Blueridge Log Cabins.


Few things are as iconically American as the frontier log cabin. This home type was one of the preferred models for the pioneers when they first set foot on the new continent that had a seemingly endless supply of trees. Of the United States’ 44 presidents, seven of them have been born in log homes, further imprinting the log cabin into the image of traditional Americana.
The first president to be born in a cabin was the 7th president, Andrew Jackson. In 1767, Andew Jackson was born in a cabin on the Crawford plantation in South Carolina. This location, west of the Appalachian Mountains, made Jackson the first president elected from that side of the range, which was then still considered the wild frontier. Though the cabin no longer stands, a historical marker can be seen.
The 12th President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, was born in a secondary log cabin on the Montebello plantation in Virginia in 1784. You can visit the historical marker planted at the site near modern Gordonsville, Virginia, but the Montebello plantation is currently privately owned, and not open to the public.
In 1800, the future 13th President, Millard Fillmore, was born in a cabin in Moravia, New York. If you plan to make a visit, note that the original cabin no longer stands. It was torn down in 1852, but you can go to the Fillmore Glen State Park in New York and see a replica that was constructed in the picturesque park in 1965.
James Buchanan was the 15th President. He was born in rural Pennsylvania in a cabin near the Cove Gap area and the Stony Batter complex in 1791. Like others who were born in log cabins at the time, Buchanan’s birth was considered to be on the frontier, though the Stony Batter settlement was a thoroughfare for many travelers through the region. Today, a state park exists where the cabin once stood, and like other log cabins, it did not survive the centuries, but a memorial pyramid made of stone stands on the former location of the cabin.
Perhaps one of the most famous presidents born in the country in a cabin was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. In 1809, Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln welcomed young Abraham into the world in their cabin located on the Sinking Spring farm near modern Hodgenville, Kentucky. The family lived on the farm for two years before moving to the Knob Creek farm in 1811. You can still see a model of the original cabin inside the marble monument at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park.
Next in line to be born in a log home was the hero of the Union during the Civil War Ulysses S Grant, who became the 18th president of the United States.  He was born Hiram Ulysses Grant in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. After constant teasing about his initials (HUG), Hiram Ulysses became Ulysses S Grant upon entering West Point. If you want to take a look at the modest, three room cottage where Grant was born, take a trip up to Ohio and see the restored original.
The presidency of James Garfield marked the end of frontier, log cabin-born presidents. He was born in 1831 in a log cabin near Orange Township, which is today near Moreland Hills, Ohio. While others moved from their original birthplaces during their childhood, Garfield remained at his family home until 1859, when he was elected to the state Senate. Sadly, his term as President lasted only 200 days, cut short by an assassin’s bullet. A replica of the original log cabin stands on the site today.
While their birthplaces may have been primitive by today’s standards, the modern log cabinsfrom Blue Ridge Log Cabins have all the amenities you can find in other high-quality homes of today. Modular log cabins are even available should you want to move into your new home quickly. If you want to start your own American dream in a log home, call us today at 888-563-3275.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sepia Saturday 376 - Building

As with all our choices for Sepia Saturday (SS) we have a lot to choose from this week.
Crowds, festivities, events, flags. . . and the list goes on.

And as with most Sepia Saturday's I can not find the picture I had planned on using and must go with a back up plan.
(I do have one question of Alan before I go further; Is the builder of this pavilion the same Norwood builder that appeared in the Sherlock Holmes story?)

From the picture above I decided to go with the theme; Building something and Flags flying.


While our Boy Scout construction could never be compared to the fine building in this weeks prompt, for eleven to fifteen year old scouts it was quite the achievement.
Probably built in the late 60's, early 70's we were understandably proud that it stood up well in what appears to be a pretty good  wind.

Flags proudly flying.
The USA flag and Troop 763's flag.

Back when I was in Scouts, pre-cell phone days, we still learned how to signal from signal towers with semaphore flags.
Knots and how to use them was very important to our Scouting education.
And at least once a year we would  build a signal tower . . . .






. . .  or a Monkey Bridge.

These two seem to have been built at the same event. This would have been in the field in front of the school that sponsored our troop. US Hwy 70 can be seen in the back ground. It must have been an event to get others interested in Scouts because we built them so close to the main roads. We may have even been inventing other kids to stop by and climb on the bridge. (You have to pay good money to do these rope course's now.)

Those days of building big things out of logs and rope are few and far between now I would imagine in Scouts. Signal towers were things left over from Baden-Powell's days.
But thankfully, at least so far, my daughter still loves to hear the stories.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Back from Idaho and Montana

Been gone for a couple of weeks, out west. Mostly in Idaho and Montana.
So many log cabins out that way I couldn't stop at all the ones I wanted to.
So I had to make do with ones we were close to.

This was our view one night at bed time.

These first two are in Glacier National Park, at Lake Macdonald Lodge and are available to rent.

Beautiful lake right outside the front door.

 These next few are of an old log building that was moved and turned into a community hall for this remote part of Montana.


 Sonderson Community Hall.
Sonderson's are the ones who donated the cabin to the project.



 These next few are cabins near Polebridge Montana.

Log barn.
 The back section has the bigger, and probably, the older logs of the two cribs.
 This use to be the home for the local Polebridge Mercantile, shown next.
The cabin is now a saloon, and the mercantile is now a bakery/shop/gift shop.












Great beer and great pizza out in the middle of no where. Open only in the summer months.
 An old barn in the same area.
 A log house in the same field.

Great trip, and will go back again and bring in more pictures of cabins.