When is National Log Cabin Day? Always the last Sunday in June!
This holiday is a Movable Holiday because it falls on a different date each year- Some organizations celebrate this holiday on June 25 while others reconize the last Sunday in June.
Origin of this Holiday
"The Log Cabin Society, founded by Virginia Handy, and the Bad Axe Historical Society in Michigan created the annual Log Cabin Day on June 25, 1986.
"Besser Museum Log Cabin Day, last Sunday in June. Approved by the Michigan legislature passed a bill to make Log Cabin Day an annual event to be held on the last Sunday in June. The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan spotlights their own two log cabins on this day and celebrates by offering old fashioned, family-pleasing activities.
How is this holiday celebrated?
- Just as the Historical Society in Michigan created this holiday, their objectives included promoting the preservation of Log Cabins. On this holiday join with your community and be a part of saving our history.
- and awareness and education of life during the era in America when log cabins were common. Classrooms learn about log cabins in honor of this day.
- This holiday is celebrated by log home owners spending the day at their log cabin and celebrating by having a feast the rustin way; in honor of the love of log cabins. If you don't own a log cabin, then take advantage of the many cabins that are available for rent at many state parks and show your children what a log home really is. It's easy to enjoy and participate in this holiday.
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
Definition of a Log Cabin —
"A log cabin is a small house built from logs. It is a simple type of log house. A distinction should be drawn between the traditional meanings of "log cabin" and "log house." "Log cabin" generally denotes a simple one, or one-and-one-half story structure, somewhat impermanent, and less finished or less architecturally sophisticated. A "log cabin" was usually constructed with round rather than hewn, or hand-worked, logs, and often it was the first generation home building erected quickly for frontier shelter."
European History of Log Cabins
"By stacking tree trunks one on top of another and overlapping the logs at the corners, the "log cabin" was born. Interlocking corners were soon developed by notching the logs at the ends, resulting in strong structures which were also easier to make weather-tight by inserting moss or other soft material into the joints. As the original coniferous forest extended over the coldest parts of the world there was a prime need to keep these houses warm, and the insulating properties of the solid wood were a great advantage over a timber frame construction merely covered with animal skins, felt, boards or shingles. Over the centuries increasingly complex joints were developed to ensure more weather tight joints between the logs but these profiles were still largely based on the round log."
"In the Wood Museum in Trondheim, Norway, fourteen different traditional profiles are shown, but a basic form of log construction was used all over North Europe and Asia. These methods of log building were transferred to North America with the early settlers, where it became a popular form of construction for the pioneers settling in the far north and the more mountainous parts of America and Canada where winter conditions were often extreme."
"In the United States, log cabins were first constructed beginning in 1638. Log structures were used by Swedish settlers in New Sweden in what is now Wilmington, Delaware. Later German and Ukrainian immigrants also used this technique. The Scots and Scots-Irish had no tradition of building with logs, but they quickly adopted the method. Log cabins were not widely used by the first English settlers. Few log cabins dating from the 18th century still stand, but they were not intended as permanent dwellings. When a larger, more formal house was constructed, log cabins were often converted into outbuildings for chicken coops, animal shelters, or other utilitarian purposes."
"When cabins were built with the intention of applying siding, the logs were usually hewed on the outside to facilitate the application of the siding. When logs were hewed on the inside as well, they were often covered with a variety of materials, ranging from plaster over lath to wallpaper."
This holiday is celebrated the same day as:
- Mozambique – Independence Day / Spain – Fiesta of Santa Orosia
- United States – Western New York Spencer Miliotto Day