Log Construction in the Ohio Country, 1750–1850

By Donald A. Hutslar

“Like the original, this volume sparkles with the insights of the author's years of field work and personal familiarity with log cabins…. This is a systematic and detailed survey of surviving log buildings in Ohio that highlights their physical construction, use, and renovation.”

Kenneth J. Winkle, The Journal of the Early Republic

Log construction entered the Ohio territory with the seventeenth-century fur traders and mid-eighteenth-century squatters and then spread throughout most of the area after the opening of the territory in the 1780s. Scottish-Irish and German settlers, using techniques from the eastern states and European homelands, found the abundant timber resources of the Ohio country ideally suited to this simple, durable form of construction. Hutslar documents this early architecture with extensive descriptive materials from local histories, diaries, traveller’s accounts, building contracts and many recent site photographs. These descriptions will be interesting for modern craftsmen and other builders involved in historic restoration or log construction generally.

Hutslar’s extensive fieldwork is valuable to students of vernacular architecture and preservationists and this abridged paperback edition of his book is a boon to travelling or local history buffs who can refer to this wealth of information at their leisure.

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Architecture · History · American History · Ohio and Regional · 18th century · 19th century



Retail price: $24.95, S.
Release date: Nov. 1992
271 pages
Rights: World