Early Settlers Cabin

Early Settlers Cabin

In 1993, several members of the Franklin Grove Area Historical Society decided to erect a typical cabin that could have been built by early settlers in the area.  It was decided to make this a working demonstration for the Summer Harvest Festival.  First, a design was decided on, and then a linestone foundation was laid using a mortar mixture that would have been typical of the time.  The next step was relocating the cabin from the prairie north of town where it was originally located, (we cut the trees) hauling it here a piece at a time, and finally assembling it on the newly laid foundation.  The project was to demonstrate techniques used in hewing, notching, placing and chinking the logs of a typical cabin of the early 19th century.

As stated above, the project started in the summer of 1993 and finally got a roof  and floor in 2000 just before the Summer Harvest Festival.  Some work remains such as making and hanging a door, installation of windows, and tightening the structure to the weather.

All in all, it has been a very interesting project to say the least, with many people having a chance to notch and fit logs, chink and daub the cracks and shingle the roof.

When completed in 2001, it will be typical of  the type of cabin that would have appeared on the prairie and in the grove along Franklin Creek in earlier times.  Stop by to see and enjoy.