Log Homes from the History Books

The last standing Daniel Boone cabin in Kentucky was built by Daniel Boone himself in 1795. Located in Nicholas County, Boone, his wife Rebecca and their 10 children lived in the cabin until 1799.

This home is now a site on the National Register of Historic Places.

While no stranger to log homes, Daniel Boone was born November 2, 1734 in a one story log home built by his father, Squire Boone, in what is now Birdsboro, Pennsylvania.

A little history about Daniel Boone:
In 1775, he and a group of approximately 30 woodsmen left to complete a 200-mile trail through the wilderness to the Cumberland Gap—a natural break in the rugged Appalachian Mountains—and into Kentucky. Boone had been hired for the job by Richard Henderson, a North Carolinian who along with a group of investors planned to establish a colony called Transylvania in an area comprising much of present-day Kentucky and part of present-day Tennessee. After Boone blazed the trail, which became known as the Wilderness Road, he helped establish one of Kentucky’s earliest settlements, Boonesborough, which became Transylvania’s capital.

The popularity of Daniel Boone:
Daniel Boone was transformed from a local hero into someone who was internationally famous when his story was included in a book, “The Discovery, Settlement and Present State of Kentucke,” published in 1784. The book was written by John Filson, a Pennsylvania schoolteacher turned Kentucky land speculator, in an effort to lure settlers to Kentucky. The author, who interviewed Boone, presented the frontiersman’s adventures in what were supposedly his own words, although the embellished language belonged to Filson. 

Photo Credits: Carlisle-Nicholas Co. Tourism, Inc. & Nicholas County Historical Society


Look for the Positive This Spring

Crockett Offers Price Protection

Spring, often a time to think of renewing, a fresh start. And after 2020, I think we are welcoming that newness with open arms.

We continue to live in unusual times. Through these times, we are happy to say that Crockett remains a constant. If you have visited your local lumber yard, you have no doubt realized that most building materials have doubled, even tripled in cost; and in some cases, materials are not available.

Although new construction building materials have been hit with price increases; fortunately, log and timber pricing is more stabilized than conventional materials. Crockett package pricing has not elevated on a whole as much as conventional materials. Roughly 30% of a Crockett Shell Material package is affected by the skyrocketing cost of conventional building materials. This makes log, timber frames and structural insulated panels a secure and cost-conscious choice.

Crockett Protects You: Crockett will issue a “Crockett Lock-it Buyer Price Protection Certificate” freezing your price for 6 weeks beyond your milling deposit.

Crockett Helps You: Crockett works with lumber yards to secure the best price on conventional materials as they fluctuate. Crockett mills secure timber pricing less effected by the price increases.

Crockett Is Here For You: In business since 1973, Crockett has survived the times. You can feel confident when you choose to build with a company with a proven track record.

We at Crockett look forward to meeting you and talking about your plans and pricing your project.

Benefits of a Solid Wood Home

Have you always dreamed of a log home? Here are five reasons a solid wood home makes sense.

1. Thermal Mass

A material’s ability to absorb, retain and release heat energy over an extended period of time is its thermal mass, and a solid log wall offers more thermal mass capabilities than other building components do. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) calls this the “natural property in the logs that helps keep inside temperatures of a home comfortable in all seasons.” So, while the R-value of an individual timber may not score as high as a piece of high-density insulation, like a structural insulated panel, its ability to store and disseminate heat is something no manmade insulation has. And, as part of a wall system, the thermal mass of a log gets stronger.

2. Energy Efficiency

Log homes that have been built with proper sealing methods and are well maintained from year to year can be highly energy efficient, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs. Beefing up insulation in the roof structure compounds the effect even more. So despite false rumors you may have heard that suggest log homes “leak like a sieve,” they can be built so tightly they meet the Department of Energy’s “Energy Star” standards, according to the NAHB. 

3. Sustainability

If you’re interested in building “green,” solid logs (especially those that are handcrafted) are a minimally processed building material. Sourcing your home’s logs locally results in an even softer carbon footprint by decreasing the energy required to transport the logs to your site.

Wood is a naturally renewable material, too, and while some anti-log home activists will tell you that log home producers are decimating the forests, nothing could be further from the truth. Most log home producers practice reforestation or take their stock from managed stands of trees, while others harvest standing-dead timbers (those that have been killed by fire, disease or insects) as these trees have a negative effect on the overall health of the forest.

Want to kick your sustainability efforts up a notch? Look for environmentally friendly stains and finishes and choose salvaged wood for your home’s floors and trimwork.

4. Fire Resistance

Safety in a house fire depends on the ability of the home’s structure to stand long enough for evacuation; so, slowing the spread of the flames is essential. Compared to a stud-framed wall with interior cavities filled with artificial materials that can quickly add fuel to the fire, a solid log wall burns slowly. Add wood posts, beams and rafters to a log home and the results are even better. A report from the Log & Timber Homes Council of the NAHB states: “Combined with the selection of beam and deck second floor and roof options often incorporated into log buildings, log structures are a top choice for endurance and integrity in a fire.”

5. Durability

With log buildings lasting for hundreds of years in varying climates throughout the world, it’s clear that well-built, solid-log structures stand the test of time. Of course, when designing your log home, you should always follow local building codes designed to protect your family and prevent damage from natural disasters in your area.

This article was written by Janice Brewster for Log Home Living. We thought it was worth sharing!