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This log shanty is a reproduction of the original type of building constructed by the settlers in the area. Bruce Smith constructed this shanty using axes, logs from locally grown cedar and masonry materials for the “fireplace” and chimney. When settlers first arrived to farm a plot of land, they would first stay in a canvas tent. Eventually, they would build these temporary houses to live in for the first winter or until they could build something larger. Upon moving out of these cabins, they would then be used to house animals or storage.

Megan Barton