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