PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — For the past 29 years, it has been a tradition on the first weekend after Labor Day for the Ashtabula County Historical Society to showcase the Blakeslee Log Cabin.

This year's Log Cabin Days takes place noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will feature log cabin tours, wood carving, metal working, copper-kettle cooking, stained glass technique, music, homemade pies, bean soup, History of Frontier Ohio Museum exhibit, hiking trail, spring house, food and fun.

There's free parking, free admission and free activities for children.

"It's a wonderful festival," said Susan Hill, president. "Join us for a real frontier festival."

Volunteers bake and donate about 80 pies for the event. The Log Cabin Days Committee will serve sausage sandwiches on Saturday and pulled pork sandwiches on Sunday. The festival's homemade bean soup will be served both days.

The Blakeslee Log Cabin was built in 1810. It is the oldest such home in its original form and on its original foundation in the Western Reserve. The Ashtabula County Historical Society bought the property in 1989. It was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Most of the property has remained unchanged over the years: the cabin, spring house, ice house, summer kitchen and barn will be open for tours.

The barn boasts a barn quilt, which was dedicated five years ago by members of the Ashtabula County Barn Quilts Trail steering committee. The barn quilt is one of many stops on the trail.

Blakeslee Log Cabin of the Ashtabula County Historical Society is on Seven Hills Road at the Route 11 exit.

The Historical Society has three properties: Blakeslee Log Cabin (1810), Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum in Geneva on the Lake (1823) and the Josh Giddings Law Office in Jefferson.

For more information, contact the Ashtabula County Historical Society at 440-466-7337 or 440-294-2351.

 

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