Building A Log Cabin
are more than 700 log structures in the
National Parks. Nearly all of these log
cabins are considered historically significant,
but more than 400 of these structures are
in need of restoration work.
you've learned on this Web site, General
Ulysses S. Grant's Civil War headquarters
cabin and Theodore Roosevelt's Maltese Cross
Cabin were two historic log cabins located
in National Parks that were restored in
2000. This restoration work is part of the
"Restoration of America's Log Cabins" program,
a partnership between the National Park
Foundation (NPF) and Aurora Foods Inc.,
makers of Log Cabin syrup. The goal of this
multi-year program has been to restore log
structures in the Parks to preserve their
history for generations to come.
each of the log structures in the National
Parks has its own unique characteristics
and possesses its own historical stories,
there are similarities in how log cabins
are constructed. This section of the Web
site shows you a log cabin located in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park that
was restored as part of the program in 1999.
that you are about to build your own log
cabin. This activity provides information
on what parts of a log structure are most
often in need of restoration as time and
the elements affect them.
the image of the log cabin below and click
on the different parts of this cabin (i.e.,
roof, door, chimney, etc.) to learn more
about its construction and restoration.
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