Renovation

Rebuilding a Log Cabin in Maine

A man and his wife give second life to his great-grandfather's 19th-century homestead
By Lucie B. Amundsen
Published: December 1, 2012
Rebuilt log cabin Maine
YOU WOULDN’T KNOW IT, BUT ... – This Maine cabin is enjoying its second life. Originally a Swedish pioneer’s homestead cabin, it was rebuilt log by log by the pioneer’s great-grandson and his wife into the beautiful structure you see here.
Photo by Todd Caverly
Driving along the narrow, sparsely wooded roads that lead to Maine’s coast, roadside interests include makeshift berry stands, the odd sailboat for sale, even lichen-encrusted boulders from far-off lands dropped in by glaciers. But at the end of one finger of land stands something truly unexpected: a 19th-century, handhewn-log Swedish cabin (with beginnings nowhere near its current site on the Gulf of Maine). The short answer of how it came to be there has something to do with the Homestead Act of 1862 and Maine’s early self-promotion, but the longer answer is all about family.
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