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This Ohio Dog Trot is a one of a kind log cabin.

We have never discovered a more complete old log cabin in such excellent shape. From the old hand hewn logs to the hewn sill & hewn sleepers, all are in perfect condition. This is one of the finest examples of early log cabin construction we have found to date.

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The large "foot print" of this antique cabin, 20´ x 43´ full 2 1/2 story, makes it even more rare. View professional drawings of this cabin.

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Log cabin exterior view from driveway w/additions & siding
Log cabin exterior view gable end
Log cabin exterior view timber frame side
Log cabin exterior view timber frame side
Hand hewn logs notched at log double pen intersection
Another view of how the old cabin logs intersect at pens
Log cabin V, Steeple or Saddle notch style
Tape measure showing the size of the large hand hewn oak logs
Intact large hand hewn oak sill sitting on original cut sandstone
Hewn interior cabin logs showing size
View from 1st floor timber frame through original cabin window
View from 2nd story timber frame of old log cabin logs
1st floor oak T&G flooring before being reclaimed
Hewn oak sleepers after reclaming T&G flooring
Original walnut front door for cabin w/sidelights & walnut staircase
Original walnut back door for cabin w/sidelights
Walnut stair railings at 2nd floor of log cabin w/hewn logs in background
Original log cabin w/vintage walnut stair detail
Log cabin 2nd story to attic, walnut stair railing radius detail
Log cabin 2nd story to 1st floor walnut stair railing radius detail
Original log cabin, vintage hand planned floor joist w/beaded sides

Information about this Dog Trot Log Cabin

Dog Trot log cabins are essentially two log cabins separated by an area that is usually left open. The area in between the cabins/pens, is referred to as a Trot & was used as a breezeway in the Southern States. Dog Trot log cabins are generally oriented so that summer prevailing winds could be used for cooling. Northern Dog Trots, such as this one, are rare.

The Northern Dog Trots we have encountered, utilize the "Trot" for a hallway & stairs to access the two different log pens. The "Trot" has a doorway at the front & back, but is otherwise closed off. The doors, when open, would still provide positive airflow for cooling during the warmer weather periods.

The History of this Antique Dog Trot log cabin dates back to the early 1800's. The best we are able to tell is, the cabin was built sometime between 1845 & 1856. Location of the cabin was Elk Township in Noble County, Ohio. The owners last name was Ullman, from the time the log cabin was built, till about 13 years ago. Not much was able to be found out about the family history but there is lots of documentation about the area & the land the cabin sat on.

A map drawn in 1876 www.historicmapworks.com shows the structure at that time. To view the map, just go to site & search Harrietsville, Ohio. Under Atlas, click Noble Co. 1876 & scroll down to Elk Twp. In section 37 you will see land owned by Lewis Ullman. On the map you will note that there is a dot with a square around it. This indicates it was some type of public building. Church's & Schools are marked in that fashion. Also note that there is the initials P. S. H. beside the structure. School houses elsewhere on the map are marked with the initials S. H. We can only deduce that the log cabin was some type of school house for a period of time. It is documented that Lewis Ullman deeded 1/8 acre to the Elk Twp. School District #8 in 1852.

Harriestville, OH was the closest town to the antique log cabin. The area is also known as the East Fork of Duck Creek. In 1795, the treaty of Greenville was signed ending the Indian threat in this part of OH paving the way for settlement.

The first settlers to the area were New Englanders traveling by way of Marietta, OH up the valley of Duck Creek from the OH River into what is now Noble County. Agriculture, livestock and profitable industries born of the many mineral recourse's of the area provided a living for the settlers. Coal, iron ore, building stone, petroleum and salt were plentiful. Oil was accidentally discovered near Caldwell in 1814 by Robert Mckee began drilling a well to obtain brine. At a depth of 475 feet, a crevice was struck containing oil. At first considered a nuisance, the true value of the oil was eventually realized and derricks soon lined the Valley of Duck Creek. Oil prices declined drastically during the Civil War bringing end to major drilling efforts in the area. More history can be found out about the area where this historic log cabin stood by searching the history of Duck Creek, Elk Township, Noble County, OH.
Original log cabin, vintage hand planned floor joist w/beaded bottoms
Back & left side view after exposing beautifully hand hewn old cabin logs
Right side view after exposing more antique cabin logs
Front view of Dog Trot log cabin, timber frame addition side
Log cabin timber frame addition detail
Log cabin timber frame addition detail
More hand hewn timber frame addition details
Hand hewn timber frame addition mortise & tenion detail
Left & back view of antique Dog Trot log cabin after roof deconstruction
Back view of antique Dog Trot log cabin
Right view of antique Dog Trot log cabin
Front view of antique Dog Trot log cabin
Front & left side view of Dog Trot w/hand hewn timber frame addition
Front view of antique Dog Trot log cabin
Dog Trot log cabin before deconstruction begins
Deconstruction of this old log cabin Dog Trot begins
Old log cabin logs are handled w/care during deconstruction
Hand hewn logs have been carefully documented for reconstruction
Challenging site requires a large boom truck
This Dog Trot style old log cabin is about to head to our yard
Everything has been reclaimed from this old log cabin, note joist on trailer