Indiana cabins are plentiful and rich with history. Enjoy a family day visiting a cabin in Indiana or be inspired to build your own!
The spiritual Harmonist community was founded in 1814 by a group of 800 Pietists from Wurttemburg, Germany. Harmonist log cabins were called "block houses" because they were made with square timbers of oak or poplar. For their log cabins Harmonists used a mud-clay mixture along with straw, wood chips, and river shells to provide insulation between the timbers They connected the logs by mortise and tenon joints, and anchored the parts by driving kiln-dried hardwood square pegs into round holes in the poplar framing. With the passage of time and exposure to moisture in the atmosphere, the pegs would expand to assure a tight fit. You can see two cabins of this style plus the entire Harmonist historical community.
Cabins With a small ticket price that goes towards local
fundraising, you can join this tour of privately owned Indiana cabins.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Log Cabin This cabin in Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan was featured in the Chicago World's Fair in 1934.
Log Cabin Wayne County Historical Museum near the Eastern
Sate line in Mid-Indiana has exhibits that include two log cabins of
local origin, period clothing, furniture, portraiture, a genuine
Conestoga wagon, a blacksmith shop, print shop, bakery, loom house, a
superb collection of early Richmond made automobiles, steam powered
tractors, the first Davis airplane manufactured in Richmond in 1929,
and a whole lot more.
Lincoln City Log Cabin The Lincoln Boyhood Living Memorial in southern Indiana is a re-created pioneer homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, farm animals, vegetable and herb gardens and field crops. Rangers in period clothing perform a variety of activities typical of the 1820 era.
Log Cabin Fulton County's Living History Village is
called Loyal, Indiana, for a little village that used to exist a few
miles west of the museum. Originally named Germany, Indiana, the
people changed the name to Loyal in 1918 when the U.S. was at war
with Germany. The village has many buildings including a pioneer
woman's log cabin and a round barn.
City Cabin The Gene Stratton-Porter Cabin, built
using white cedar logs and redwood shingles, is near the Michigan
border. This was the home of the famous author of the Limberlost
books. Guided tours of the Porters' log cabin are available. There is
some really cool stuff inside the cabin. The bookshelves are filled
with books from Gene's personal library, and the antique McCray
icebox refrigerator has just been packed with a new block of "ice",
giving the cabin the same look and feel it would have had when the
Porters lived there.
Mauckport Cabin The Squire Boone Cavern less than forty miles from Louisville, Kentucky features a historic village with a log cabin gristmill built by Squire Boone in the early 1800's. The mill has been restored and is again grinding grain just as it did nearly two centuries ago. You can watch as the 18 foot wheel, powered by water flowing from the caverns, turns the 1,000 pound grinding stones. You can even buy some of the freshly ground cornmeal!
County Cabin Skinner Farm Village near Perrysville is
a collection of original Indiana cabins, buildings, round barn and
artifacts which represent over 150 years of local Indiana history. A
family runs it as a working farm and they sound like quite a bunch!
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