Log Cabin Day
When is Log Cabin Day? This holiday is always celebrated on June 25
Log Cabin Day, a June 28 holiday, brings you back to a quieter, simpler, more rugged era. A couple of hundred years ago, life was far more rugged. Americans moving West (west at the time may have been Ohio or Tennessee) found an untouched wilderness, filled with pristine forests. They built their homes out of logs from the plentiful and majestic forests. This rugged frontier lodgings, inns, and meeting places were solid, long-lasting, and served them well.
Life was rustic and simple. Heat was provided by an open fireplace, where they also cooked their meals. Need air conditioning in the summer? Just open the window (there wasn’t any glass or screening). There was no electricity (no television, stereos or boom boxes blasting, or computers). And, plumbing? Just look back towards the woods at the outhouse. The path to it is well-worn.
This holiday celebrates what was then the “Modern” home in America, and all of the lifestyle that accompanied it. Today is a day to appreciate the history and significance of log cabins. Visit them at historical museums today, or sometime this summer.
Seven early U.S. Presidents were born in log cabins. They are:
- Andrew Jackson
- Zachary Taylor
- Millard Fillmore
- James Buchanan
- Abraham Lincoln
- Ulysses S. Grant
- James Garfield
How to Celebrate Log Cabin Day
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate Log Cabin Day:
- Go to a pioneer village museum to see a real log cabin.
- Build a log cabin in the woods.
- Build one with Lincoln Logs.
- Read about rustic frontiersmen.
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.” – – Abraham Lincoln
History and Origin of Log Cabin Day
The Log Cabin Society, founded by Virginia Handy, and the Bad Axe Historical Society, in Michigan, created the annual Log Cabin Day on June 25, 1986. Their objectives included promoting the preservation of Log Cabins, and awareness and education of life during the era in America when log cabins were common.
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