Ann Arbor Township in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Can you imagine your whole family living in this cabin? The simple interior of this one room log cabin included a ladder to a loft area and a small coal stove. William Parker built the cabin in 1878 for relatives who planned to emigrate from England. Later, the cabin was used for storage and to house seasonal help during harvest time. This type of structure represents the skills and resourcefulness of the early pioneers, which enabled successful settlement of vast areas of our country.
Log Cabin Construction 101
European immigrants brought log building skills to the American Colonies. These are simple structures, easily constructed by a few people with materials found on hand and just a small number of tools. Since it was not used as a permanent residence, this cabin was never finished with wood siding. As a result, the simple construction techniques are clearly visible, such as square sawn logs and "half-square notched" corners. Chinking, made from wood, mortar and red clay, was used to seal the spaces between the logs.
Notice how the floor joists are notched into the sill log at ground level. Can you see similar notches on the cabin for ceiling joists? These suggest that there was once a loft in the cabin.
The Big Oak
The big beautiful Bur Oak (Quercus
Thank you William, we love this tree!
Although not its original location, this setting along Fleming Creek would have been an ideal spot for an early settlers' cabin. The cabin was originally moved from the north side of Geddes Road to where the Visitor Pavilion now stands. It was moved once more in 1989 to this location!
Erected by Parker Mill County Park, Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.
Location. 42° 16.426′ N, 83° 40.032′ W. Marker is in Ann Arbor Township, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker can be reached from Geddes Road 0.2 miles east of North Dixboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Parker Mill County Park, about 330 feet down the footpath from the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4650 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor MI 48105, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Log Cabin (a few steps from this marker); The Power of Fleming Creek (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parker Family & Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Hoyt Garrod Post and Family History (within shouting distance of this marker); Cider Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gristmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Grist Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Parker Family Mills! (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ann Arbor Township.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 5, 6. submitted on January 8, 2019, by Dave Wilcox of Grass Lake, Michigan.
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