18th Century Log Houses
Log houses were the most common form of homes on the Western Frontier in the United States during the late 18th and early '19th centuries. Materials were readily accessible as land was cleared. Log homes were simple four wall structures made of hewn logs joined together at the corners by notching. There are various forms of corner notching ranging from the simple saddle notch to more complex forms like dovetail and square notches. The Kennedy Log House has V notch hewn logs which is one of the most common forms used in Western Pennsylvania.
Chinking and Daubing
Once the logs were notched together at the corners there was still a significant gap, horizontally between the logs on the four sides. To seal in the gaps and weatherproof the cabins, settlers performed a task called
Many early log houses were just one-story. These cabins sometimes
had second stories added on later in the 18th century and the beginning
of the 19th century. This is also when many two-story houses were
built. Houses were rarely divided into individual rooms and two-story
houses often had a simple loft for the second story.
Erected by Washington County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture.
Location. 40° 10.25′ N, 80° 12.95′ W. Marker is in Washington, Pennsylvania, in Washington County. Marker is on Log Cabin Drive, on the right when traveling north. On the grounds of the Washington Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington PA 15301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial Trail (here, next to this marker); Washington (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different
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