Hyde Log Cabin in Vermont is one of the oldest log cabins in the country, according to USA Today.
The house was built by Jedidiah Hyde, Jr., around 1783 and is thought to be one of the oldest log cabins by the Grand Isle Historical Society. Hyde was born in Norwich, Connecticut, and then later traveled to the Champlain Islands with his father where the pair surveyed land for Ethan and Ira Allen.
The Allen's were leaders of the Green Mountain Boys who gave out parcels of the Champlain Islands to their fellow members of the band of revolutionaries that fought for Vermont independence. The Hyde family settled at Grand Isle after Hyde senior purchased parcels of land.
The cabin was then constructed from cedar logs that were harvested on the island. Jedidiah Hyde and his family lived in the house for the next 150 years, according to the local history. The family raised 10 children in the cabin.
It was moved to its current location in 1946, after the sale of the homestead. The home is now owned by the town of Grand Isle and is run by the local historical society.
"The Hyde's were really impressed with the islands," Charlene Southwick, a seasonal guide and interpreter at Hyde Log Cabin. "The Green Mountain Boys were not impressed."
Southwick has worked at the house for 10 years and refers to herself as the lady of the house where she is able to interact with visitors.
"I'm a show off," Southwick told USA Today. "It just seemed to me that it would be terribly boring not to interact with people."
Southwick tells visitors about the history of the cabin and talks about all the historical items in the home, including spinning wheels and butter churns, testaments to the difficulty of life at the time.
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