Spend The Night In A Piece of History
During the 17th and 18th centuries, new Eastern and Central European immigrants, including Swiss and Germans, came to America and brought their expertise of log construction with them. Even the Scotch-Irish, who weren’t know for log building, adapted the form of the stone houses of their native country to log construction, and were part of the popularity across the frontier.
Through the late 18th and early 19th centuries, frontier settlers erected log cabins as they cleared land, winding their way south in and along the Appalachian valleys through the back country areas of Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. They moved westward across the Appalachian Mountain into the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys bringing their valuable logcraft with them, into Kentucky and Tennessee, and as far to the southwest as eastern Texas. Unfortunately, we do not know the specific histories of the Cotton Gin Village cabins but we do know that most of them came from Kentucky or Tennessee.
Log buildings are known to have been constructed as temporary shelters by soldiers during the Revolutionary War, and across the country, Americans used logs not only to build houses, but also commercial structures, schools, churches, gristmills, barns, corncribs and a variety of outbuildings.
Log cabins are a symbol of character. They've come to represent hard work and patriotism in America. Many well-known figures, either real or legendary, bring to mind the log cabin. Abraham Lincoln, raised in a log cabin, retains the respect of a nation. Architectural styles will continue to change but the fascination of the log cabin remains. Modern log cabins, though comfortable and built more for looks than function, are a testament to their lasting popularity.
On your travels, you may occasionally see abandoned old log cabins sitting alone and empty on the horizon, solitary tributes to the determined dreams and harsh lives of their builders. We are happy to be part of a new generation of builders that are bringing these structures back to life.
Hopefully, your stay at the Cotton Gin Village, will not only return you home renewed and refreshed, but also with a greater appreciation for how easy we have it nowadays.
"Spent our 10th anniversary here and renewed our vows right outside in front of the waterfall."