Skip to comments.Vintage Log Cabins of Kentucky
Posted on 02/15/2010 7:51:35 AM PST by jay1949
Kentucky lays claim to the most famous of log cabins -- the one in which Abraham Lincoln was born. In the early days of Kentucky, log cabins were abundant throughout the state, and a few of these survived to be photographed in the early 20th century. Also in this collection of vintage images -- two log cabins under construction in 1940 in East Kentucky, where the old ways die hard.
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Central Virginia log cabin from our county - who knows how old.
My dad was born in a log cabin in the 1920s that was built by the first of our family in Tennessee. My grandfather was a younger son so he and my grandmother got to live in the old house. It was still standing when my parents were married but sadly it’s long gone now.
Really amazing the second one is kind of a mansion
The “lincoln” cabin has an interesting story behind it. Apparently the boyhood cabins of both Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were part of a traveling display for many years. After being disassembled and reassembled so many times, the logs became so intermixed that no one knew which belonged to which and they were combined into a single “lincoln Cabin”.
Who says Reconstruction didn’t work?
I love log cabins. Thanks for the story and pictures!
Yes. When you look at it in isolation it seems much more humble than when compared to the kentucky cabin. But the materials in the Virginia cabin seem to be better to begin with and there is a chimney so more care and planning probably went into making it. And money, I suppose, too.
I wish I had a picture of my grandma’s log cabin in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. A lot of good memories from there.
Oh wow! I love log cabins. I got to see my mothers family original log cabin in east Texas where they settled in around 1828. I was about 12 when I saw it and soon after my uncle died and the property was sold and I couldn’t find the spot now if I had to. It was the traditional dog trot cabin.
Virtually all of them lived their entire lives in log cabins.
Today a 5 acre timbered lot with original log cabin will cost you an awful lot of money in that area ~ half a million on up!
One of my grandfathers was born in a log framed stone building in Nashville, Indiana (the county seat).
The log cabins in this part of the country date from the 1830s and later.
One of the fun things to do driving through the area is to guess which "modern looking house" has a log cabin buried somewhere inside.
The clue is to look at how the windows are located with reference to the roofline and the ground ~ look long enough and you'll see the traditional logcabin module of design kind of leap out at you.
The most intriguing use of a log cabin I ever saw was one along US 50 East of North Vernon IN that had been spruced up by being wrapped with a brand new double-wide mobile home.
...for those interested. :D
Thanks I love it!
My Mother and her twin sister were born in a log cabin in northeastern Brown County in what in now Camp Atterbury. The feds kicked them out in 1940.
That is great!
Our folks owned the top of the tallest hill in Brown County ~ they called it Weed Patch HIll.
Two sources for that name. One logical source is a place name in New York where the Mohicans lived ~ and where many of the New Yorkers who settled there came from. It sounds like "weed patch hill".
Then there's the characteristic of the soil at the top. It's quite flat, and Hardin Ridge is also flat. When that comet smacked into Canada about 11,000 years ago it hit an area with major gold deposits. They went flying and much of the mother load came down on top of these hills. It's still there, and the gold, silver, platinum and other heavy metals continue to kill off just about everything but the hardiest weeds at the top.
Yes, the locals mined for gold for many years ~ probably got most of it ~ but I have my eyes on several "untouched" hilltops over near Martinsville.
Wow! I love your cabin. I love all of the detail, and the effort you have put into concealing all of your modern conveniences!
I am envious
I wasn’t born I an log cabin — but when my parents lived in one when I was born.
I grewup in Toledo, Ohio. Behind our house was a log cabin from the early 1900’s. It was two rooms and had a pot-bellied stove. The walls had circus posters on them. My Grandmas S-i-L gave birth in 1918 in that cabin. Sadly it was torn down in the early 60’s to make way for a garage.
Hazard to guess the age of this cabin? I was thinking I could contact the local historical society and see if someone could tell me but I’m afraid they’ll turn it into a landmark and then I’ll be screwed.
Interesting that you would point out the chimney. I thought the same about ours and wondered how they kept warm?
Absolutely beautiful home sir, you are a master craftsman.
Interesting...I’ve always heard the Lincoln cabin wasn’t the real deal. And even that the farm we have a state park, isn’t where he was born (close to Elizabethtown KY). Supposedly, the state figured that out (apparently all the documents are at the Filson Club in Louisville proving this) while it was building the memorial in the 50s and just said something like, “oh well, we’ve already started building the memorial”. He was born further southcentral closer to the TN border—supposedly as the story goes.
From what I gathered from the History channel is that the real cabin is stored at the Lincoln memorial.
There have been several pretenders to that throne. Some of these are “born in,” others are “lived in,” or “lived near,” and so on:
There are still pockets of terribly poverty-stricken mountain folk here in the blue ridge and the simple answer is that the poor people don't stay warm. They survive despite the elements.
It is a tough life and there is a lot of pride in some of those those communities, refusing to take any charity of any kind.
They are simply recognized for who they are and are left (mostly) alone to live their lives. The kids still have to go to school or at least fulfill the legal requirements but other than that they remain as they are generation after generation.
I'm sure it's the same in Kentucky and all along the Appalachians. This is just my own experience since moving here over 10 years ago.
Thanks for posting. You have provided me with a picture to show my husband of the bathroom sink I want. I have been telling him what I want but he couldn’t picture it.
That’s the one I was saying was “rumored” to be fake...and that’s the memorial that they were building in the 50’s and “learned” that’s not where he was born.
One-time ping list invite for those who may be interested in log cabins and the folks who built and lived in them. I have posted 2 more articles in this general area and have more planned; if you would like to be on a “ping” list for these, please let me know.
New articles already posted: Lost Log Cabins of the Virginia Blue Ridge and Backcountry Folk of the Virginia Blue Ridge.
I have several more of these articles in process one on the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, two on the Tennessee Smokies, one on the North Carolina Smokies, one on East Kentucky, and there are more formulating in the gray matter.
Publication schedule is irregular, but these should be done in the next four to six weeks. The theme is more or less old log buildings and the people who built and lived in them, along with a sidebar now and then on topics like the Blue Ridge Railroad, also in process.
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