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Pleasant Hills in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Original Settler's Cabin

— Built in 1782 —

 
 
Original Settler's Cabin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
1. Original Settler's Cabin Marker
Inscription. This log cabin, typical of the log cabins built by the first white settlers, is one of the very few original log cabins in Allegheny County. It was in cabins such as this that our forefathers established their hold on the soil and raised the first family of pioneer children.

This cabin has been rebuilt to the exact original size, using eight of the original logs and the original rafters. It has the appearance of the original cabin which stood on the same location, but twelve feet lower. When the property was acquired by Jefferson Memorial Park in 1929 the cabin was then in a deep gully, near a beautiful, never-failing spring located a few feet away, coming from beneath the roots of a giant white oak tree which sheltered from spying Indian eyes not only the spring, which has now become a well, but also the cabin.

Jacob Beam originally staked out his claim to the tract of 160 acres of land and built this cabin in 1782. The tract was surveyed pursuant to a warrant to Jacob Beam dated February 10th, 1785, and on January 6th, 1798, was deeded to to him by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the authority of Thomas Mifflin, Pennsylvania's first governor. (deed may be viewed in administration building)

Jacob Beam had another tract of land a few miles east of this one and about 1800 he sold this tract to Aaron
Original Settler's Cabin & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
2. Original Settler's Cabin & Marker
Work, whose descendants held the property until it was acquired in 1929 by Harry C. Neel, a great-great-grandson of Aaron, and founder of Jefferson Memorial Park.
 
Location. 40° 19.976′ N, 79° 58.553′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Touch for map. Cabin and marker are located in Jefferson Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pittsburgh PA 15236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); John M. Phillips (approx. 3.9 miles away); James Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Fort Cox or Coxes Station (approx. 4.7 miles away); Southminster Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (approx. 4.9 miles away); Saint Bernard Church (approx. 5.2 miles away); Borough of Dormont Pool (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home. (Submitted on November 1, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Original Settler's Cabin Photos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
3. Original Settler's Cabin Photos
These photos taken in the early 1930s, of this cabin as it then looked, with all the additions added through the years.
Original Settler's Cabin Photos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
4. Original Settler's Cabin Photos
Panel 1
Looking from hill behind you toward railroad and Pleasant Hills
Original Settler's Cabin Photos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
5. Original Settler's Cabin Photos
Panel 2
Showing how many additions to original cabin, with doors and windows cut, which destroyed many of the logs.
Original Settler's Cabin Photos image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, November 1, 2014
6. Original Settler's Cabin Photos
Panel 3
Original cabin as seen from opposite side from where you now stand.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 1, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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