Lancaster County PA Realty Check: Coming Soon - 1760s Log Home!

Coming Soon - 1760s Log Home!

Back in May I posted a blog about an historic log house in Lancaster that was about to be restored by my client.  I'm pleased to be able to report to you that the work is proceeding well, and that it won't be too long before the home will be available for purchase!

Historic Log House

The house has a large addition in the rear with three bedrooms and a modern kitchen,  The logs have been restained, water sealed and freshly mortared.

                     Historic Log House

There is a private fenced yard in the rear.  For updated imformation about the status and availability of this historic home, please feel free to call me at (717) 951-5552.

Log house backyard

 

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBrian Schulman • July 27 2007 04:59PM

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Brian, I'm amazed that this log house was built in the 1760s and is still on it's original lot and still standing ! Imagine the changes that property has seen take place on the street over the years.  Thanks for the update and I'm glad to see the owner took on this project and saw it through.

Our Chamber of Commerce here in Belleville is housed in an original old log house (one of the first houses in Belleville). I find it all so fascinating that these log structures have stood the test of time.

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago
Jo, chestnut logs are surprisingly resistant to rot.  They're very dense.  With care they can last centuries.
Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

Brian, I hadn't even thought of chestnut logs. They must be more resistant to the elements than the cedar and pine that was used here in  Ontario.

I wonder if this was a common use of chestnut in the 1700's and 1800's? This may have contributed to the reduction of their numbers. I've read that a blight almost wiped out the American Chestnut beginning in 1904 and it is now endangered.

  This is one of my favourite historical photos 'The Chestnut Man' . I would like to go back to the 1600s/1700s and walk amongst these old giants. My version of heaven ....

Jo 

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Jo, chestnut was in common use in Pennsylvania during the 18th & early 19th centuries for log homes.  I restored one myself in Marietta in the 1980s.  I found a salvaged chestnut log fireplace mantle and pieced sections in where the original logs were eaten away.

In the later 19th century chestnut was often used inside for banisters, paneling, and trim.  You're right, they were almost all wiped out by a blight at the beginning of the 20th century.

That's an interesting photo.  We don't see trees of any kind that large very often any more. 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) almost 11 years ago

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