LOG CABIN DAY

Sunday, June 24th: Today is a day to reflect on our past. It’s LOG CABIN DAY! (At least it is in Michigan; but, I plan to celebrate in Texas too.) The Log Cabin Society founded Log Cabin Day, a statewide holiday, to raise awareness about the preservation of log cabins in Michigan.

I’m partial to log cabins myself. (and old, falling-down barns). They’re remnants of our history; memories of days long past, where early settlers braved the unknown, and often deadly, tribulations of an unfriendly frontier. A cemetery in Texas has a restored log cabin on it, that the early founders of the settlement used for new families coming in, and a church and a school when needed. I love to go sit in it. A friend here in Texas owns the old family log cabin. It’s been added to and covered up … until she updated the home and uncovered some of the log cabin structure that had been hidden. Ahhhh, if only those logs could speak!

Just think … days with no cell phones interrupting our every single moment. No rude cell phone conversations every single place you go. No internet, consuming our time by the hours. No smog producing cars, no time clocks, no ….. oh wait. No cars period, smog producing or not. Covered wagons covered 8-12 miles a day, depending on the terrain. I’m that far from work. I don’t want to spend a whole day traveling to a job. And those pesky, annoying cell phones are pretty handy. I just had a Skype visit with three best friends from many, many moons ago (not going to share how MANY moons!) And air conditioning; oh my, I couldn’t live here in Texas without air conditioning. Maybe I’ll keep our modern conveniences after all. I’ll just enjoy celebrating log cabins and reminisce about the past.

(Photos: Exterior is a log cabin we passed on the way to War Eagle Mill, Rogers, Ark. Interior is a log cabin at Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth TX.)

For more info on Log Cabin Day, or the Log Cabin Society, go check here: http://www.qtm.net/logcabincrafts/brochure2012.htm

Log Cabin Village

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Log Cabin Village 

2100 Log Cabin Village Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76109

(817) 392-5881

Village Hours

Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Closed Mondays

$3.00 for ages 4-17 and 65 & over
$3.50 for ages 18 & over
Ages 3 & under, free

www.logcabinvillage.org

Greater Fort Worth Herb Society

www.gfwhs.org.

What’s a good recipe for creating history?  Find seven different families from four different North Texas counties.  Obtain a log cabin structure from each of the seven families.  Move them together onto a small plot of land.  Restore the cabins.  Donate to the City of Fort Worth.  Serves: an entire community with our rich North Texas frontier history.

Seven different log cabin structures, ranging from ca 1848-1860, create the focal point of Log Cabin Village.  Original milling equipment from the Smith family of Moline Texas adds an operational water-powered gristmill to the collection.  A one room school house from the City of Worth, built in 1872, augments the village.  A smokehouse from Azle was the latest addition.  The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society maintains a period herb garden consisting of herbs, either native or that the settlers would have brought with them.

Knowledgeable staff and volunteers dress in authentic apparel from the 1840’s – 1890’s.  They depict the lifestyle of 19th century North Texas.  Each log structure is themed to represent different aspects of this early pioneer life. 

Admission to Log Cabin Village is a bargain in today’s tough economic times.  Admission is $3.50 for adults, $3.00 for children aged 4-17 and free for children 3 and under.  And, it’s close and the trip is good on gas!  Plan to spend some time in the gift shop and museum, housed in the Foster Cabin, a rare surviving Texas plantation home.  The period toys, games and gifts are tempting.  For just a few dollars, I couldn’t resist a few of the small period cookbooks and cornmeal that was available. Group tours and Family Programs are also available.  Check their web page for more information.

Over a hundred years ago these seven 19th century families were building new lives, battling a fierce western frontier and struggling to survive.  Little did they know that their future paths would cross and their heritage would continue as Log Cabin Village.

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