Would you have liked to live in a log cabin back in the pioneer days?
Sounds fun, but life wasn’t always easy back then. Pioneers didn’t have all the modern comforts we have today. They had running water–if they built their home close to a running river or stream! Their homes were homemade cabins made with rough logs. The logs weren’t bought at a store, the pioneers had to go into the woods and cut them down, prepare them, and assemble them to make a house. Sometimes the logs were hand-worked–called hewn–into square shapes so they would fit together better when they were stacked on top of each other. Watch this video below to see how typical pioneer homes were built.
Today, many kids enjoy building their own miniature log cabins with toys called Lincoln Logs. These toys are notched dowel rods that resemble small logs. They’re supposedly named after Abraham Lincoln, who was born in a log cabin in Kentucky and grew up in another log cabin in Indiana.
To see President Lincoln’s cabin in Indiana click here (don’t forget to come back here!)
Have you played with Lincoln Logs before? Here’s a picture if you haven’t.